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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, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

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Anne is joined by Suzanne Skyvara, Goodreads VP of Marketing & Editorial, and Danny Feekes, Goodreads Managing Editor, to have an in-depth chat about how star ratings, reviews, and other nuggets of information we share online help connect our fellow readers to their next great read, support the authors we love, and change the way we see the world. Anne, Suzanne, and Danny went so overboard with book recommendations that we had to cut 5 or 6 books to keep this episode a manageable length! We’re releasing all those extra recommendations as a bonus episode this Friday for our Patreon supporters. If you want to hear what recommendations ended up on the cutting room floor, become a patron today: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnextAs you'll hear in the episode Anne has become a much more active Goodreads user in the past year, click here to follow her there.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/242Thanks to today's sponsors:Ritual uses high-quality ingredients you can trust — and their sources are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Ritual is offering WSIRN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/readnext!The Great Courses Plus makes it easy to learn new information or skills with courses taught by the world’s best professors and experts. You can learn on your own time, and at your own pace. The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT.Simple changes to our daily routine made the week feel special. With Brooklinen towels, every shower feels like a spa treatment. Their plush and fluffy towels feel luxurious, cozy, and soft. It really is the simple comforts that make all the difference. Use promo code READNEXT for 10% off your first order at Brooklinen.com.
Raelene Bradley has let books be her guide as she and her husband fulfill their longtime dream of living off the land with a family farm. Raelene’s stories of reading in the fields with her horse as a child, and audiobooks to accompany milking time are stuff of readerly dreams. Today, Anne and Raelene chat about the surprising disappointments from Raelene’s biggest reading year ever, and I’m helping her on her journey away from quantity and toward quality, by recommending she read a touching memoir, lush historical fiction, and a little something… unexpected.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/241Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnextThanks 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! Trying a variety of styles with Third Love is easy. Every bra is backed by their Perfect Fit Promise–giving you 60 days to wear it and wash it and if you don’t love it, return it for free.The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga and Chess. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/readnext!
Reader and author KJ Dell’Antonia picked up a lot of the wrong books during a difficult time in her life, and those experiences changed her perspective on a hotly debated literary topic: trigger warnings. She talks with Anne about that shift, moving beyond bedtime reading, covert audiobook operations, and how mystery novels could save your local bookstore... Content warning — in this episode, KJ and Anne talk about cancer, specifically breast cancer. It’s not the whole episode, and the conversation doesn’t go into detail, but we want you to be aware before diving in.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/240Anne had the pleasure of joining KJ and her cohost Jess Lahey recently on their podcast #AmWritingKJ’s new novel The Chicken Sisters comes out on July 28.KJ's website: kjdellantonia.comReaders, right now our Patreon community is a veritable celebration of summer reading. We’ve shared some wonderful bonus episodes recently, on topics like fantastic new romance novels, absorbing summer nonfiction, and our publicly-available episode covering spectacular books by Black authors. Our latest bonus episode is a casual home library chat with Anne and her husband Will about what summer reading is like for each of them this year.Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnextThanks to today's sponsors: Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, support your immune system or address gut health, now’s the perfect time to try Athletic Greens for yourself. WSIRN listeners can get 20 FREE daily travel packs with your first purchase at AthleticGreens.com/readnext.The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga and Chess. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/readnext!
Chris Abi Zeid is counting down the days before a big life event that will significantly alter his reading life. But for a few more weeks he still has precious reading hours. All he needs is his next read–and listeners, he has one huge requirement. He needs a book with a big, beefy, juicy plot. Complicated characters are great, but they need to go somewhere and do something for Chris to be satisfied.Anne's challenge today is finding the three perfect titles that will carry Chris toward his next big adventure.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/239Follow Chris on Instagram @chrisabzz.Thanks to today's sponsors:Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 750,000 families digitally preserve their past. WSIRN listeners get an incredible 50% OFF your first order at LegacyBox.com/readnextWhether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, support your immune system or address gut health, now’s the perfect time to try Athletic Greens for yourself. WSIRN listeners can get 20 FREE daily travel packs with your first purchase at AthleticGreens.com/readnext.
Today’s guest Lamar Giles credits his love of reading to his mom who was always willing to buy him a book. Today Anne and Lamar chat about children’s books, horror novelist Stephen King, great novels where the setting is a character in its own right, and the importance of mirrors on the bookshelf.This episode was recorded and aired last year as Episode 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you. This is the perfect listen for early summer, when you might have young readers at home looking for something to keep them busy. But it’s also a great time to revisit this one as we also have a deep conversation about We Need Diverse Books the non-profit of which Lamar’s a founding member, and the important work that’s still to be done in the literary world.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/238In this episode, Lamar talks about juggling two book releases in 2019. He’s back at it again this year with another 2 releases: Not So Pure And Simple, a YA book came out in January and The Last Mirror on the Left a sequel to last year’s middle grade novel The Last Last-Day-of-Summer is due out in October. You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles.Thanks to today's sponsors: Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Daily changes can lead to big results so start small today. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months!Brooklinen is SO confident in their product that all their sheets, comforters, loungewear and towels come with a lifetime warranty! Go on, make yourself comfortable. Get 10% off your first order and free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT, only at Brooklinen.com.
Elyssa Gould is an academic librarian and “recovering English major”, whose goal is to get caught up on her own backlist while she’s separated from her natural habitat, the library. Today, Anne shuffles around Elyssa’s 100 or so unread books into a few smaller stacks, for a DIY literature "curriculum" that should keep her busy at home for as long as necessary. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/237You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakesThanks to today's sponsors:Bombas socks are like a hug for your foot, with extra cushioning and a special arch-support system that’s not too tight. And Bombas is committed to giving back with every purchase! June is Pride month, and for every pair of Pride socks you buy, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need in the LGBTQ+ community through The Ally Coalition. WSIRN listeners get 20% off your first order at Bombas.com/readnext!The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga and Chess. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/readnext!Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, support your immune system or address gut health, now’s the perfect time to try Athletic Greens! Athletic Greens is like nutritional insurance for your body, developed from a complex blend of adaptogens for recovery, probiotics and digestive enzymes for gut health, and Vitamin C and zinc citrate for immune support. WSIRN listeners can get 20 FREE daily travel packs with your first purchase at AthleticGreens.com/READNEXT!
It’s a weird time to be in the market for a new book. When it’s safer to stay home, and many libraries and bookstores have temporarily shut their doors to the public, what’s a reader to do… but turn to their home bookshelves! Your TBR shelf's time has COME! Today Annd chats with Karla Osorno, a WSIRN listener whose 600+ precious unread books have been weighing her reading life down. Not only is Karla searching for her next read in these stacks, but she wants to lighten the mental load by eliminating the titles that just aren’t right for her. You’ll come away from today’s episode with questions and ideas you can apply to your own book collections. Everyone at WSIRN HQ hopes you are well, and that your bookshelves are a source of solace when the going gets tough. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/236You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.Thanks to today's sponsors: With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether you’re creating better sleep habits, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/readnext!The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga or Chess… and introductions to topics like Jazz music. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/readnext!
Today we continue our celebration of Summer reading with Zibby Owens, host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. Anne and Zibby are chatting about what they’re excited to read this Summer, whether those books are brand new or quite old. Get ready for a slew of summer-ready non-fiction recommendations for your TBR. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/235You can visit Zibby at ZibbyOwens.com, and listen to Anne's episode of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books here: https://zibbyowens.podbean.com/e/anne-bogel-dont-overthink-it
Readers, summer reading is so close you can almost taste it. Anne has been investigating upcoming summer releases for months now, on the lookout for new and notable titles that should be on your summer reading list. Prepping for the Summer Reading Guide brings up an important question — what makes a book a “summer read”? What’s the perfect balance of frothy to grounded, fun to thought-provoking, or relatable to rich-people-problems?Today we've brought in author Jennifer Weiner, proud author of several quintessential summer reads, to discuss her criteria for a great poolside book, the upside-down and backwards season the publishing world is about to have, and her appropriately-titled new book Big Summer. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/234 You can learn more about Jen’s books at jenniferweiner.com, and keep up with her on Instagram @jenniferweinerwrites and on Twitter @jenniferweiner.Thanks to this week's sponsor:Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients. Plus, their sources are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Daily changes can lead to big results, so start today — Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three month at RItual.com/READNEXT!
Anne chats with education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy about literacy in the justice system, and how her work with incarcerated students has been affected by social distancing. Hanan came to WSIRN looking for an escapist reading experience, but she didn’t mean happy endings and rainbows. She escapes her day to day life by submerging herself in someone else’s complex, difficult world (fiction or non!)If you read lists of ‘escapist fiction’ that’s full of peppy romance and thrilling action thinking “ehhh that won’t do it for me,” maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for in Anne's picks for Hanan today. Happy reading!Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/233You can follow Hanan's reading life on Instagram @hanansbookshelf: https://www.instagram.com/hanansbookshelfReaders, the ninth annual Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide comes out next week! The Summer Reading Guide is similar to WSIRN–it's about helping you cut down ALL of the new titles to the a manageable number and hopefully helping you decide on a winner. Before the guide is officially released Anne and Brenna are doing a live video event with members of our Patreon community. I'll give you a preview of all of the books and what excites me about them. The Summer Reading Guide Unboxing takes place May 12th at both noon and 7pm eastern (we're doing it twice to make it easier for you to attend).This is one of the events our community looks forward to the most. The bookish enthusiasm is off the charts. If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the time. Go to Patreon to learn more about the unboxing event and even watch the video replay of last year’s unboxing. Then sign up and join us on May 12th. Thanks to this week's sponsors:If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!
Anne is joined by Gaithersburg, Maryland mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of those community book events. At the time of recording, they were still crossing their fingers that they’d get to meet in person at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Between then and now, that event has been canceled due to COVID-19. (There will be some online programming, so watch the website for more information if you're intrigued.)We're also digging into Jud's eclectic personal reading life, from westerns to middle grade fiction to historical nonfiction, to a book he describes as JAW DROPPINGLY GOOD… and Anne recommends 3 books to him like a human, not an algorithm. That’s a joke, but also a totally real concern when literary matchmaking. Listen in to hear Anne explain the difference in the episode. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/232Readers, we send an email every Tuesday with 3 bookish things I love, 1 thing I don’t, and what I’m reading now. If you want fun, informative, and delightful links to all things books and reading with a little dose of my personal reading habits then sign up for the weekly newsletter.And be sure to do that now because in 2 weeks we’re sending all subscribers my ninth annual Summer Reading Guide. This is THE answer to what you should read next this summer. So sign up now.-AnneThanks to this week's sponsors:If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Legacybox is a super simple mail-in service to have all your home movies and pictures digitally preserved on a thumb drive, DVD or in the cloud. WSIRN listeners can save 50% during their Mother's Day sale at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT (while supplies last.)
Today, Anne's exploring a genre that’s on the rise these days... ecofiction! Reader Katy Yocom is constantly on the hunt for absorbing novels with plots that not only incorporate the natural world, but ones in which the story absolutely depends upon it. Anne's challenge today is to pick 3 well-written titles for Katy that paint a lush portrait of natural life without losing that “page turning” appeal. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/231You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1Readers, this is an exciting time of year at WSIRN: Summer Reading Guide season is almost here!Our email subscribers get the our ninth (!!!) annual guide when it comes out, but Patreon supporters get it first. They're invited to join us for our live “unboxing” on May 12. This year we're offering two times to make it easier for you to attend live. Our patrons also get the guide that day, two days before it's publicly available.If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the perfect time. Visit patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now to sign up. We’d love to see you there.-AnneThanks to this week's sponsors:Ritual uses high-quality ingredients that are vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see because you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!Like softness? Comfort? Essentials to help you relax? Brooklinen has it all. You can get 10% off your first order and free shipping right now when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.
A note from Anne — I’ve been soooo looking forward to sharing today’s episode with you. Today we’re sharing the live audio from my book tour stop at the Strand in New York City. This evening in their gorgeous rare books room was MAGICAL. The room was packed with avid readers (and quite a few What Should I Read Next alums, which is what we like to call our past guests). It couldn't have been a better night, and I am so happy and thankful that now you get to listen in in today's episode.But. I can't talk about that night—or this episode—without telling you that sharing it feels bittersweet. This was my second—and last, for now—book tour stop for Don't Overthink It and one of the Strand's last events before closing their doors due to covid-19. My heart goes out to the Strand, its employees, and all of New York City. I hope to see you all again soon.For the time being, it's a solace to be able to bring you the live audio from that night at the Strand. This episode is ALL ABOUT What Should I Read Next; I’m reflecting on the show in a way that I really haven’t done publicly. I hope you find it interesting, illuminating, and entertaining. In the next segment I’m joined by a Strand bookseller to do some on-the-fly literary matchmaking for our live audience. Let us know how we did in the comments at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/230Visit The Strand online at www.strandbooks.com, and follow their gorgeous Instagram account @strandbookstore.More What Should I Read Next Live:As Anne mentions in this episode we have a special One Great Book style bonus episode that's available to everyone over on our Patreon page. Anyone can listen to that here.But now would also be a great time to become a Patreon supporter. This week we're having our quarterly live stream with Patreon supporters. Join us as we chat about what's happening behind the scenes, what we're reading now, and give recommendations for what some of you should read next.We'll do another live event next month as we kick off summer reading season with the Summer Reading Guide Unboxing. This is the most fun event we do all year. We hope you will join us now over on Patreon.Thanks to today's sponsors: If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreat CoursesPlus.com, and quarterly plans are available for just $10 per month!With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether you’re creating better sleep habits, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT.
Why do some books with heavy topics leave you feeling uncomfortable, while other books tackling difficult subject matter make you feel understood and connected to humankind? Today, guest Mandy Lambert and host Anne Bogel pick apart the ingredients of Mandy's favorite and least favorite books to discover the subtle difference between a hard book that pays off in the end, and a hard book that’s just… hard.Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/229You can hear more from Mandy on her blog: thisbrightlife.home.blogBonus episodes for you:Readers, it is a difficult and confusing time. So this past week, we released two bonus episodes on Patreon to meet you where you are, plus some special events.The first bonus episode is available to everyone. It's a book recommendation that has helped Anne during times of great loss and grief, and we think a lot of readers could use it in their life right now. Give it a listen at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, and feel free to share it with readers and other loved ones in your life.Second, a patron-exlusive episode recommending 5 happy, hopeful reads, something many of you have written in to tell us you need right now. You can find this exclusive episode at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, along with 31 other bonus episodes and livestream replays!Finally, if you are looking for bookish community during an isolated time, now is a wonderful time to check out everything happening in our Patreon community. We are holding our quarterly Spring livestream on April 9th, which is a community get-together with Anne and Brenna to chat about what we've been reading off our home bookshelves, and share recommendations with other readers. We hope you can will join us!Thanks to this week's sponsors:Rothy’s is the company making stylish shoes and bags for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable—really! Get your own at Rothys.com/READNEXT.If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. Become a better news consumer with Fighting Misinformation: Digital Media Literacy. Or keep the kids learning about math, science, and history while they’re out of school. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and it’s only $10 a month when you sign up for a quarterly plan!The simple addition of a new towel turns a bathroom into a spa, softer loungewear turns function into luxury, and quality bedding turns a bed into a retreat. Turn your own space into an oasis with 10% off your first order and free shipping at Brooklinen.com when you use promo code READNEXT!
So, you hate the book you’re reading. Or maybe you just feel blah about the book you’re reading. Or maybe the book you’re reading is good, but a different book on your shelf just looks so appealing, and you can’t help reaching for it… suddenly, you have a stack of 5 half-read books on your nightstand, and you’re still browsing the library catalog for something new. If you relate to any of those scenarios, today’s episode is for you. Guest Jamie Wright is a self-proclaimed “book quitter”, and she’s asked for Anne's help turning things around. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/228Readers, whether you are looking for an escape from the news or for something to entertain kids who are suddenly at home we, have Spotify playlists of back episodes of What Should I Read Next for all your binging, relaxing, or bibliotherapying needs. Find them all at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/spotify.Thanks to this week's sponsors:Start your risk-free, 100 day trial TODAY, and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases.Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 750,000 families digitally preserve their past. Get started preserving your past today — WSIRN listeners get 40% off your first order!Stamps.com brings all the services of the U.S. Postal Service Right to your computer. Right now, WSIRN listeners get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just click on the microphone at the top of their homepage and type in READNEXT.
Guest Sterling Hardaway values efficiency and growth in his reading life, which has led him to a hefty serving of nonfiction to learn new exciting things, fiction that sidesteps predictable tropes to deliver a truly unique reading experience, and seeking out authors whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. Anne's challenge today is recommending 3 books that won’t tread the same old ground, and offer him something new. Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/227You can keep up with what Sterling reads next on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ster724Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink It–which is out now!Thanks to this week'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!With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether it’s building strength to keep up with your busy life, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT!Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see, because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
As audiobooks have become more available and more popular over the years, they’ve become a bigger part so many of your daily routines. Today Anne chats with everyday expert Leanne Hunt about the history of audiobooks and her decades-long connection with the format. Leanne came looking for book recommendations that explore the inner life of characters, and lush sensory descriptions of setting and expression, so pull out those TBR lists if you are ready to be truly transported.Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/226You can learn more about Leanne’s life and writing at blindhorsewoman.blogspot.com. Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink It–which is out now!Thanks to this week's sponsors:Rothy’s has quickly grown to a most-loved, gotta-have-them brand. And it’s no surprise because they’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable! Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT. Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Whether you’re adding a comfy reading chair or replacing a well-worn sofa, your furniture should fit your needs and suit your unique style. That’s where Joybird comes in. WSIRN listeners get 25% off your first custom furniture order by using the code READNEXT at Joybird.com/READNEXT.
We're always hearing from listeners about connections made either on the show or in the blog or instagram comment sections. Today’s guest Elizabeth Barnhill had one of these delightful stories to share. She popped into Anne's DMs recently to say “Anne, I wanted to let you know that you are a bookstore matchmaker. I was listening to your show 2 years ago when you interviewed Alison Frenzel about opening up Fabled bookshop in my hometown…” We'll can let Elizabeth and Alison share the rest of that story, as they both join Anne to chat about what it’s been like to open an indie in Waco, TX. Then Anne is setting Elizabeth up with 3 titles to read between all the advanced readers copies that she reads for a living now. You can meet Anne at Fabled Bookshop on Tuesday March 24! Visit our events page to get tickets and get the lowdown on all Anne's spring travels.Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/225You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @wacoreads , and ogle the gorgeous Fabled bookshop @fabledbookshop. Visit Fabledbookshop.com to plan your own trip!Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink It–which is out March 3rd!Thanks to this week's sponsors:Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. And now they also offer premium denim with the same flexibility and comfort as yoga pants! WSIRN listeners get 20% off their first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT. Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Anything you can do at the Post Office you can do at Stamps.com. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment! Just click on the Microphone at the TOP of Stamps.comand type in READNEXT.
Like many readers, today’s guest Lacey Yong is creative. But her writing hobby is beginning to clash with her book selections, so she came to WSIRN with the question “how do I pick books that inspire me to write, without being too influenced by authors who write in my genre?” It’s a tricky problem, but one we can work through.Lacey is also ready to tackle the titles on what her husband jokingly calls her “bookshelf of shame.” Longtime listeners, you know Anne has thoughts about that phrasing...Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/224Connect with Lacey Yong on Instagram @lacey.yong!Readers you know what we do here. Each week I help a guest, and hopefully some of you choose your next read. Well I hope this week you’re planning on making your next read my new book Don’t Overthink It. Don’t Overthink It comes out March 3rd so right now you still have a chance to preorder yourself a copy and snag the bonuses we’ve put together for all those who preorder here. 
Anne has recommended books in translation to many guests in the past, but this week we’re venturing away from reading in English, with Parisian reader Florence Breuvert. Because she reads in both French and English, Florence often gets to choose between reading a work in translation, or reading an author’s words in their original language. Today, Anne's challenge is recommending Florence’s next reads in both languages. Anne and Florence also discuss a very precious personal book collection, what makes a classic a classic, and her ongoing quest to buy fewer books.Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/223Connect with Florence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shouldireadit
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Dan Deloge

We were fortunate, in our town we could reserve books online and then receive a text or phone call when they were ready to be picked up. They had certain days and times arranged for pickup. Books were placed on a table with our number so we knew which one was ours.

Jun 21st
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Michele Nelson Knierim

I lol'd listening to the bit about Mobey Dick. I've read and enjoyed many traditional classics, but as an adult in her 40s, I just couldn't do it. 10 hours in to listening and we still hadn't met Ahab or the whale!!!!!

Apr 23rd
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Caroline Mann

The Sparrow for a wonderfully realized, long-married couple!

Mar 24th
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Valerie Deutsch

it's hard to catch the book titles and authors. can you put your suggestions in the show notes???

Dec 18th
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Erin Elliott

I enjoyed this episode and all the book recommendations. However, I respectfully disagree with the opinion that City of Thieves is a book that young male adults will enjoy more than other readers. I have read this book with more than one book club full of women in their forties and have recommended it to my retired father, husband, etc, and they have all enjoyed it. I suggest that anybody who loves a great well-written story with memorable characters will probably benefit from reading this book.

Dec 8th
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Wendy Algeo-Todd

If you're going to pretend to be a professional at least get the facts right. It's Go Set a Watchman. First time listener,and last. Yawn

Oct 16th
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Anna Fabris

LOVED this episode. I found the guest likeable and we have similar interests so these recommendations are now all in my TBR list as well :)

Jul 29th
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Emily Yeoman

Inkheart. The daughter of a writer manages to conjure the characters of his work to life.

Jul 27th
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bookaddict 4real

omg Nikki Giovanni is my favorite poets she is all that.. she speaks to me too😀

May 20th
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Lin

I just discovered this podcast yesterday and already am at the 11th episode! amazing show I love it xxx

Apr 29th
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Debbie Ravula

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Jan 24th
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Tyler L.

I just got into podcasts lately and I love this community. I'm 16 and most of friends dont consider themselves readers so this and booktube is where I get to connect with fellow readers and I love it. I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzergald, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain and It by Stphen King and am enjoying them all. And As I Lay Dying has been on my TBR FOREVER. I really need to get to it.

Jan 23rd
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Shaunalynn Schonder

I just bought the Audible of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. Also, I sent you a message on FB about a book recommendation.

Jan 4th
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Katie Bach

Have you ever read Watership Down ? Such an interesting books and now it is a Netflix production.

Dec 28th
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FIrelord Skywalker

ok just by the names that's awfully familiar to real life Football club Chelsea and their ex player Courtois. he now lives across the ocean in Spain. it's uncanny lol.

Dec 18th
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Thembinkosi Jiyane

can we open a whatsapp group il like to connect with you. Im an avid reader

Dec 11th
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Bonita Wise

#1 Podcast for Me!

Sep 10th
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Megan Garbe

This is my favorite podcast and I regularly listen to at least 15. Great format and it has really increased my reading. Love it.

Jul 7th
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Emma Nation

I'd recommend Wingfeather Saga!

Jun 14th
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Katie Bach

You have the best laugh.

Jun 11th
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