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 56: There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays  

This is a WSIRN first— a repeat guest! Today Anne chats with friend of the show and bookstore owner Holland Saltsman about everything you didn't know you wanted to know about opening an independent bookstore, how to support indies this holiday season, the best three books we each read this year, and their favorite bookish gifts for this holiday season (and all year 'round.) We hope you enjoy this episode, and get a ton of great holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life.

If you want to find EVEN MORE great new gift-worthy titles, check out the Fall Releases episode of WSIRN in which Holland and Anne gushed about all the new treasures that hit bookshelves recently. And don't miss the full MMD 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers.

For a full list of all the titles and goodies mentioned in this episode, click over to the shownotes page. 

Check out The Novel Neighbor website, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

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Ep 55: Contemporary novels with staying power (with Rebecca Smith)  

Around here, we don’t think you need an excuse to love Jane Austen, but boy does today's guest Rebecca Smith have a great one -- she is Jane Austen's great great great great great niece!  Rebecca is a longtime reader, a former writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, and she currently teaches creative writing in the U.K. She’s the author of Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas and the recently published book The Jane Austen Writer’s Club. 

For a full list of titles discussed in this episode, plus a list of all Rebecca's titles, visit the shownotes page on the podcast website.  You can connect with Rebecca on Twitter or via the Bloomsbury website

Your time has come, Austen lovers - what do you recommend reading after Jane?

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WSIRN Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN TO Next? with Melodee Skiles  

Today we're back to literary matchmaking, with listener Melodee Skiles here to representing all the avid audiobook lovers who want to know what to LISTEN to next! 
Melodee is a stay-at-home mom who owns an online literature tutorial business. Books are (clearly) her bag, and while she's taking a short break from tutoring, she wants to revitalize her love of literature by reading outside the bounds of the texts she teaches at work. Like many of us, some of Melodee's warmest memories are of her parents reading aloud to her, so today she and Anne are delving into what her favorites have been, what her least favorites have been, and what brilliant audiobook discoveries are right around the corner. (Wink, wink.)

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Find the full list of books discussed on this episode on the website shownotes page.

Alright, audiobook lovers, what do YOU want to recommend to Melodee? Let us know in the comments!

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Ep 53: The girls we want to be when we grow up (with Jenny Williams)  

Here to help close out the Reading For A Lifetime week is Jenny Williams, who illustrates beloved literary heroines for a living as the charming artist and entrepreneur behind Carrot Top Paper Shop (yes, that's an Anne of Green Gables reference!) 

Jenny is a true kindred spirit, and when you listen you’ll see why that description is so completely perfect for her. In this episode, Anne and Jenny talk all about why we love our literary heroines of literature so much (think Anne, Elizabeth, Jane, Hermione), wrestle with what makes for a modern heroine, and of course, talk about their favorite books, and what they're reading now. It's a fun, important, and timely topic. You're in for a grand old time. 

Give Carrot Top Paper Shop a look-see, and follow the store on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. To check out what Jenny is up to the rest of the time, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads!

(psssst -- interested in getting a heroine print of your own? Join Jenny's "Kindred Spirit Club" to claim a free gift with your first purchase of $15 or more!)

For the full list of titles mentioned in this episode, check out the shownotes page on the podcast website.

Ep 52:  There's nothing better than a great book (with Gretchen Rubin)  

It's Day 4 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series on WSIRN, and if our comment section has made one thing known, it's this: Adults LOVE Kid Lit. Not just for kids, not just in a theoretical sense, but in honest-to-goodness, just-for-the-joy-of-it, everyday-reading-life practice.

The guest here to chat with Anne about reading KidLit for fun? The beloved and oft-requested Gretchen Rubin! You all know her as the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better than Before, but what you might not know is Gretchen is a voracious reader of children's literature who is a member of THREE book clubs dedicated solely to children's lit! In this episode, Gretchen and Anne explore how Kid Lit transcends age group, why you should giving yourself permission to indulge in books written for children, how to find other adults with the same passion, and then they drop a blue million great book recommendations on you. Ready your TBRs, readers. 

You can check out Gretchen's blog and backlist on her website, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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

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Ep 51: Gateway books to lifetime reading with The Baby-Sitters Club Club  

Day 3 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series is all about "guilty pleasure" kid lit - the series we read and re-read not because they were Great Literature, but because they were gosh-darn fun!

Numerous comments from WSIRN listeners pointed us to The Babysitters Club Club, a podcast that explores the Babysitters Club books, a hallmark of nostalgic guilty pleasure reading, week by week, book by book. The hosts, Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, each have their own interesting stories of how they found the series, and why—as thirty-something men—they've chosen to devote a large chunk of their time and attention to the books.

In this episode we dive into what this series means to readers of all ages, why these books have such staying power, which babysitter we most identify with, and what Jack and Tanner are reading when they're not reading The Babysitters Club.

Ready to go binge episodes of The Babysitter's Club Club? Subscribe via iTunes, follow the show on Twitter and Facebook, and get a daily dose of ridiculous by follow Jack and Tanner on Twitter. #BeeTheory 

Did your childhood favorites foretell what genres you enjoy now as an adult? Head to the comments on the podcast site and spill your memories!

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

Ep 50: Growing up with the help of a good book (with Leigh Collazo)  

Day 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and our guest Leigh Collazo has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic.  Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over 30 different countries at an international school in China. Today she shares all about why the middle school years are her favorite when it comes to finding the right books for the right readers.

It doesn't matter what age you are—this episode is inspiring for anyone with young readers, or pre-teens, or teens, or who's ever been any of those ages. Make sure to come join the conversation in the comments on the podcast site.

Make sure to check out all of Leigh's incredible bookish resources on her blog Mrs. ReaderPants, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest

Books mentioned in this episode:

- Visit the podcast shownotes page for a full list of the titles mentioned! (plus a link to Leigh's MARVELOUS "Find Your Genre" quiz!

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Tell us about your favorite YA, tween, and teen reads in the comments!!

Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival)  

Today kicks off our special WSIRN 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics this week: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for grown-ups, and more.

Who better to jump-start the series than Sarah Mackenzie? Sarah is a friend, devoted reader, and Kid Lit Expert Extraordinaire. You may know her as the host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and site, or as the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace. Her mission is to help YOU help the kids in your life fall in love with books, and this episode will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to do just that.

You can connect with Sarah on the Read Aloud Revival website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Plus, make sure to check out her free read-aloud booklist!

Head over to the podcast site for the full (LONG) list of titles Sarah and Anne talked about today, including the books recommended to the kids! 

Thanks to today's sponsor Brightly, a site that helps parents raise kids who love to read. 

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Tell us all about your family reading recommendations in the comments on the podcast site!

 
Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake  

This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there's a book vlogger out there for every literary palate. Max is a great example of this; his videos cover serious award winners, challenging experimental works, and deep dives into substantial modern literature.

In today's episode, Max & Anne discuss stories with unique structural elements, books that swing wildly between 1 and 5 star ratings, and the best way to find a Booktube creator who shares your taste. 

Curious about the world of Booktube? Max's channel is a great place to start your exploration. Plus, keep up with his book life on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Do you have a book you're dying to recommend to Max? What about a favorite Booktuber you recommend? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Books discussed in this episode: 

• The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
• Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
• Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
• Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
• The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
• Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
• So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
• My Brilliant Friend (Neopolitan novels), by Elena Ferrante
• Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
• The Best American Short Stories 2016, edited by Junot Diaz
• Dead Souls, by J. Lincoln Fenn
• Before We Visit the Goddess, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
• The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
• Blindess, Jose Saramago
• Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
• Lucky, Alice Sebold
• The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
• A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
• All At Sea, Decca Aitkenhead
• When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Also mentioned: 

NPR interview with Yaa Gyasi
• Jessica Jones (Netflix series)
• The Lovely Bones (movie)

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Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"  

It's bibliotherapy time! Today's guest is Erin Swann, is an attorney who lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family. Erin's always been a reader, but when she went through a major transition a few years back she rediscovered the theraputic value of a welcoming book. Join Erinn and Anne as they discuss armchair travel, fictional characters as friends, and more. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

• A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L’Engle
• A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson
• Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
• The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
• Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín
• Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
• The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, by Helene Hanff
• Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
• Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
• Emma: A Modern Retelling, by Alexander McCall Smith
• Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
• Joy in the Morning, by Betty Smith
• Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, By Leonard S. Marcus
• My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, by Luisa Weiss
• My Life in France, by Julia Child
• 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff

Also mentioned: 

Brooklyn (movie adaptation)

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Ep 46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)  

Today we have a special episode: we're revisiting seven guests from previous episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What are they reading now? What did they love? And what did they, uh, not love as much?

What book recommendations YOU have picked up after listening to the show! Did you love them? Hate them? Let Anne know in the comments on the podcast site.

Previous episodes we're circling back to: 

Ep 3: Books that made you feel smart (and not so smart), with Jacey Verdiccio
Ep 12: Life is hard but reading doesn't have to be, with Cara Strickland
Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living, with Adam Verner 
Ep 34: Books that marry fiction & reality, with Rose Booth
Ep 35: You had me at cheese! with Katherine Willis Pershey
Ep 36: Comfort food (but with books), with Tiffany King
Ep 44: Like speed dating but with authors, with Annie Jones

Books mentioned in this episode:
• Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy 
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, & Learning the Hard Way, by Shauna Niequist
A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg
Delancey, by Molly Wizenberg
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie R. King
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn
The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
The Time In Between, by Maria Duenas
Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart
The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
• Babette's Feast, by Isak Dinesen
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
The Children, by Anne Leary 
Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead
Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel

Also mentioned in this episode:
• Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (movie)
• Babette's Feast (movie)

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Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations (with Ana Salazar)  

Today's guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Columbian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, "absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing up. Anne and Ana discuss the joys and challenges of reading across borders, unpack Ana's love for the genre she's been loving recently, and explore why a Kindle is an absolutely magical device for international readers. 

You can connect with Ana on her blog, Twitter, and Instagram

Do and Ana have similar taste? Have a book recommendation for her burning in your soul? Shout it out on the podcast site! (And feel free to list all the ways e-readers make YOUR life magical.)

Books discussed in this episode:

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
Claire of the Sea Light, by Rumaan Alam
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
Harry potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling &
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Rich & Pretty, by Rumaan Alam
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
1984, by George Orwell

Also mentioned:

•Junot Díaz' critique of liberal arts programs:
   - MFA vs. POC (via The New Yorker)
   - Junot Díaz's Syllabi & Reading List for His MIT Writing Class (via Open Culture)

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Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors (featuring Annie Jones)  

Today we meet a indie bookstore owner and kindred bookish spirit, Annie Jones. In this episode, Anne and Annie talk about her wildly unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and the way meeting an author in person can change the way you experience a book. And unlike a lot of WSIRN guests -- Annie is not afraid to say she hates a book (or... a lot of books.) 

Are you in Georgia (or looking to take a road trip)? Check out Annie's gorgeous shop in Thomasville, The Bookshelf. If you're not local, you can still keep up with The Bookshelf on Instagram, and through their podcast From The Front Porch. Connect with Annie on her website and personal Instagram.

Know of a dysfunctional literary family that Annie needs to get to know? Tell her in the comments on our site!

Books discussed in this episode:

• Crossing To Safety, by Wallance Stegner
• Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
• The Hamster Princess, by Ursula Vernon
• The Popularity Papers, by Amy Ignatow
• The Mighty Odds, by Amy Ignatow
• The Martian, by Andy Weir
• The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
• Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave 
• Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
• Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel
• The Mothers, by Britt Bennett
• Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
• Walt, by Russell Wangersky
• Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
• You’ll Grow Out Of It, by Jessi Klein
• Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
• Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Madeleine L’Engle
• Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
• Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
• My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
• The After-Party, by Anton DiSclafani
• What We Keep, by Elizabeth Berg
• The Children, Anne
• This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

Also mentioned:

• Annie's bookstore podcast From the Front Porch

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Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover with Sarah Stewart Holland  

Today we're happy to welcome reader and podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab what's new and hot in fiction for fear of missing out, instead of intentionally selecting it. One of her big strengths is "input," and she loves reading about all kinds of topics to scratch that informational itch. And she's obsessed with Hamilton, so of course we go there.

You can connect with Sarah on twitter, instagram, and facebook, and follow Pantsuit Politics on twitter @pantsuitpolitic.

Have an information-rich book to recommend? Need to squeal some more about Hamilton? Join us in the comments here

Books discussed in this episode:

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M. McPherson
The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
The Girls, Emma Cline
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
11.22.63, by Stephen King

Also mentioned:

Pantsuit Politics podcast
• Sarah’s guest post on MMD: "Bundling books & friends, two of my favorite things."
Hamilton: Cast Recording
• Quote from Natalie Babbitt via Overdue Podcast Ep. 199 - “[People might be surprised to find out] that I believe that writing books is a long way from being important. The most important thing anyone can do is be a teacher. As for those of us who write books, I often think we should all stop for 50 years. There are so many wonderful books to read and not enough time to get around to all of them, but we writers just keep cranking them out. All we can hope for is that readers can find just a little time for them anyway."

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Life's too short to waste on bad books with Erik Fisher  

Today we fellow podcaster Erik Fisher to the show! Erik is known as the productivity guru because of his wonderful podcast Beyond the To Do List, the first podcast Anne ever listened to, AND the first podcast she ever appeared on! 

Erik is a HUGE reader, and in this episode we talk about how he’s made the switch back to paper books after a flirtation with e-reading, how he avoids wasting time on bad books, and of course, what he should read next. 

Make sure to check out Erik's productivity podcast, Beyond The To-Do List! Catch up with his day-to-day on Twitter and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode:

Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, by Richard Rohr
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, by Nick Bilton
How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating A Life Worth Living, by Rob Bell
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real & Imagined), by Chuck Klosterman
The Complete Jane Austen, by Jane Austen
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, by Ian Morgan Cron
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol I, & Vol II, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Also mentioned: 

• Magic Lessons, Elizabeth Gilbert's podcast

Dying to recommend your fave productivity book to Erik? Have strong feelings about the Enneagram? Tell us in comments here

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Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall  

Today's bonus podcast episode of What Should I Read Next is focused on fall's hot new releases. Bookstore owner Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor (from yesterday's Ep 40—listen here!) and Anne talk about the titles we've read and are psyched about, plus the ones we can't wait to get our hands on.

Anne also brings you short interviews I did in Savannah with friends and authors (including Susan Meissner, Ariel Lawhon, and Greer Macallister) who share which books they can't wait to read this season.

Head over to Anne's blog to check out her fall book preview.

Books mentioned in this episode:

You asked, and we listened! Books mentioned in the podcast are now arranged alphabetically -- no more spoilers!

A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Frazzled, by Booki Vivat
The Girl Before, by Rena Olsen
The Girl Who Drank The Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
The Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold
Lady Cop Makes Trouble, by Amy Stewart
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
The Perfect Girl, by Gilly Macmillan
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
The Sound And The Fury, by William Faulkner
This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From, By Jamie Lee Curtis

Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple
The Trespasser, by Donna French
What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan
Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin
The Witch’s Boy, by Kelly Barnhill
The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Modern Mrs Darcy newsletter
20 books everyone will be talking about this fall on Modern Mrs Darcy

What’s on YOUR fall reading list? Is there a new release you’re especially looking forward to? Tell us in comments here

Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous  

When Anne first thought of starting a podcast, her bookstore-owning friend Holland Saltsman was one of the very first people she wanted to have on. And she was one of the first people Anne interviewed for the show. And the audio quality on that recording was so poor (for reasons I still don't understand, although as you'll see, Holland has her theories) Anne was terrified to give it another go for almost a full year.

Holland is one of Anne's favorite people to talk books with, because she's smart, and funny, and tells it like it is. She's been excited about this one for a long time.   

Follow Holland and all her bookstore-owning shenanigans at The Novel Neighbor's website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

You asked, and we listened! Books mentioned in the podcast are now arranged alphabetically -- no more spoilers!

Books discussed in this episode: 

All The Light You Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
Fate & Furies, by Lauren Groff
The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes
Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes
The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
The Muse, by Jessie Burton
The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
The One-In-A-Million Boy, by Monica Wood
Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
Someone Else’s Love Story, by  Joshilyn Jackson
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
Unwind, Neal Shusterman
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• The Novel Neighbor bookstore in St. Louis
• Books On The Nightstand podcast

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Do you have ideas for what Holland should read next? Tell us at the podcast site!

Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence with Melody Warnick  

Today we welcome Melody Warnick to the show! She’s a Blacksburg-based author, who really got our attention with the fact that she's that she’s been tracking her reading in an excel spreadsheet since 2004. If that makes you jealous -- you're not alone! But if you find that intimidating, don’t worry—Melody’s not analytical about choosing what to read next (and we can’t wait for you to hear how she approaches a big stack of library books.)

You can check out Melody's new book on her website, and follow her journalism on Psychology Today. See what she's up to on social media via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Books discussed in this episode:

This is Where You Belong: The Art & Science of Loving the Place You Live, by Melody Warnick
Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
The Golem & The Jinni, by Helene Wecker
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The world, by Tracy Kidder
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie, by Alan Bradley
A Night To Remember, by Walter Lord
Middlemarch, by George Eliot
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama
I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh
Miller's Valley, Anna Quindlen
The Excellent Lombards, by Jane Hamilton
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Have a bonus book recommendation for Melody? Tell us in the comments at the podcast site

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Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books  

Today Anne chats with Anissa Davis, a family physician who lives with her family in California. She likes smart, funny, contemporary fiction with diverse protagonists, and she wants to be blown away by more books.

Many of you will relate when Anissa says sometimes finding great fiction feels like kissing a lot of frogs before you find your prince. Anissa says she has Very High Standards, so Anne says recommending books to her was a privilege—and also kind of terrifying.

Books discussed in this episode: 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
Into Thin Air, by John Krakauer
Missoula, by John Krakauer
SuperBetter, by Jane McGonigal
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes
Before The Fall, by Noah Hawley
The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez
How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon
Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organizing, by Marie Kondo
Where'd You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Be Frank With Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

Jane McGonigal TEDTalks: 
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Gaming can make a better world

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Do YOU have an idea for what Anissa should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Ep 37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer (with Kristin and Kurt Franke)  

Kurt and Kristin are a husband and wife who want to read more together. Their question for Anne is a fun twist on a familiar theme — “What should WE read next?”

Kristin has been a lifetime lover of books; Kurt has only recently become a serious reader (thanks in part to 15 years of nudging from his wife). They want to find books that they can read and talk about together! Both enjoy high-quality fiction, but you can probably guess which one of them loves Blood Meridian and which one loves A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Anne's challenge is to help them find books in the tiny sliver of their overlapping interests.

If you enjoyed Kristin and Kurt's conversation as much as I did, hop on over to Kristin's blog, Home Sweet Life, to keep up with their adventures. 

ALSO, stay tuned till the end of the episode, because today we’re also hearing from you, the listeners! We asked you in the podcast newsletter to tell us all about the best (and worst) books you read this summer. We stitched together a sampling of your responses, so stick around after Kristen and Kurt to hear your Summer reading stories!

Do YOU have book you think Kristin and Kurt should read next? Tell us in the comments at the podcast site!

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts, by Julian Rubinstein
The Harry Potter series
Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

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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 and get 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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