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.
Ep 282: I’m a little bit obsessed with reading
Anne Bogel talks about reading projects, travel writing, and presidential biographies with Jeremy Anderberg from The Art of Manliness.
Ep 281: Authors who make you feel seen
Lecturer, author, and researcher Heather Williams has left trails of books across the globe as she travels for work, but today she’s bringing us three favorite essay collections she can’t live without.
Heather’s love of bite-sized reading experiences is contagious. If you’ve never picked up an essay collection, she just might convince you to do so today. We also discuss her preference for reliable narrators, a surprising fascination with Russian literature, and a book that made Heather laugh a little too loudly while reading on a plane.
I happen to love personal essays just as much as Heather, and I can’t wait for you to listen in on our conversation, readers. For a list of all of the books, essay collections and novels, head to the show notes page on our website: https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/281
Follow Heather Williams on Twitter to learn more about her research.
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Ep 280: Epic journeys, untold stories & guaranteed great reads
After becoming an avid WSIRN listener, today's guest realized she was watching less TV and reading more books. To keep her momentum going, she connected with other listeners, found her favorite reading categories, and now sits down with Anne to chat about a classic WSIRN problem: the compulsion to finish every book she starts.
Today we're joined by Stacy Wittenberg, who talks to Anne about that inclination and about a reading challenge she’s taken on for this year. Anne recommends books that will take her on epic historical journeys, plus an audiobook that will have her neighbors asking What is she laughing at? when she listens on her daily stroll.
Stacy shares extra titles in each of her reading categories, so get your TBR lists ready and be sure to pull up the podcast website to see the list of all the title she (and Anne) share. That's at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/280.
As a listener, Stacy has been connecting with other fans of the show online. Now that you've heard her, if you'd like to connect with Stacy follow her on Instagram.
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Ep 279: Read these books when you need a good cry
Over the years Ahtoosa Dale sent in multiple submissions to be on What Should I Read Next, each one reflecting her ever-evolving reading taste. Since that first submission way back in 2016, her reading life has changed tremendously.
Now, as a lawyer and a mom with a packed schedule, she’s more willing than she once was to set certain books aside. And as an adult, she’s looking for relatable characters—especially if the book explores the immigrant experience. But Ahtoosa will never say no to a good mystery, or a book that explores the range of human emotions.
Ahtoosa specifically requested books that will give her a good cry, so on today's episode I’m recommending a few heartfelt books to bring on the tears, plus a propulsive page-turner in one of her go-to genres.
Find the list of books we talk about today and a full transcript that you can follow along while you're listening on our website.
You can fill out your own guest submission form on our website.
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Ep 278: The Art of cheat reading
Anne Bogel talks with thriller author Mindy Mejia about page-turning mystery novels, poetry, and the art of "cheat reading."
Ep 277: Books that feel like a vacation for your brain
Today Anne is talking with Jake Sloofman, an arborist living in Brooklyn. They discuss his big reading goal, the pressure to read “serious literature,” and how to alternate light and heavy reads for a balanced reading life. So Anne serves up a mix of weighty literature and frothy “palate cleanser” books to keep things balanced.
View the full list of titles and a transcript of the episode on our website https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/277.
You can follow Jake on Instagram.
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Nerding out on books
I so enjoy this podcast and am slowly working my way through the back catalogue in between listening to audiobooks (as one does). 90% of the readers interviewed do not share similar tastes in books to me, but I find it so cool to listen to people being passionate about one of my favourite hobbies: books. Anne Bogel is a great interviewer as well, and I love the way the podcast is structured. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
This is the only podcast that I have went back to listen to every episode. I love the format, getting to know the readers and of course the recommendations. The way Anne and her guests describe books really does help me find something that I would like to read next.
Back to Books!
Anne Bogel’s “What Should I Read Next” has been the best thing in 2020! I stumbled upon her podcast in the spring and am so happy to have discovered such a treasure. The conversations have inspired me to rediscover the pleasure of reading, and the books discussed have put new authors and stories in my hands. I hadn’t realized the piece of me that was missing was book-shaped! Thanks so much, Anne!