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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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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 300: How good it is to be among people who are reading!

    Ep 300: How good it is to be among people who are reading!

    If you've listened in to any—or all!— of our past 300 episodes, you've heard conversations with readers and authors, booksellers and book club members, and of course a whole lot of literary matchmaking. Today, after more than five years of creating bookish delight, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the people and process behind our weekly podcast and explore the many layers of WSIRN!

    Listen in today to hear from some of our original voices as we talk about how the show began, how it's grown over time, and peek behind the scenes of how we do what we do here at WSIRN HQs. We'll also hear from some of you about how this podcast has changed your reading lives!

    You can find our show notes, including a list of all the episodes mentioned in today's discussion, at our website! And for more 300th celebration, check out our Patreon community, where we're hosting an upcoming special event featuring some of WSIRN's most beloved authors.

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    • 50 min
    Ep 299: Playing genre hopscotch

    Ep 299: Playing genre hopscotch

    Readers, we know it can be tricky to break out of a reading rut, and sometimes it takes a nudge from a friend to try something new.

    Michael Clark has a good handle on what he loves to read. From beach reads that don't get the respect they deserve, to stories that acknowledge their literary heritage, he reaches across genres when he's picking up his next book and he's not afraid to put down a book that's not right for him. But today, he's feeling stuck in a bit of a reading drought.

    Michael's hoping to reinvigorate his reading life by discovering some books that deliver on his love of well-developed characters while delving into genres he typically ignores, like science fiction.

    Be sure to listen all the way through to hear Anne's picks for Michael, including a special bonus selection at the end of the episode today.

    Read this episode's show notes, including the full list of books we discussed, at our website. And if you're interested in seeing what Michael reads next, connect with him on Instagram.

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    • 57 min
    Ep 298: A reading life without regrets

    Ep 298: A reading life without regrets

    Today's guest loves Jane Austen, but that's just the beginning for our conversation today.

    Cristina Griffin's work life as an English professor often overlaps with her personal love of reading for pure fun! She's drawn to atmospheric stories with brilliant endings and compelling characters, and she's read all the way through many an author's backlist.

    Anne recommends books that fit Cristina's desire for contemporary novels that are fun to read and a new-to-her series she can slowly devour. We hope today's episode might inspire you to break down some boundaries in your reading life and find a new, immersive read you'll enjoy.

    Visit our website to see the (long) list of books we discussed during this episode!

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    • 57 min
    Ep 297: Right book, wrong time

    Ep 297: Right book, wrong time

    Readers, today’s guest is on the hunt for complex, thought-provoking, and timeless books that have something to say about topics she cares about today.

    Maria Carrera lives in Spain, where she teaches English language. Her heart for languages drives both her professional and her reading life! She loves the experience of matching a book to her reading mood - and then choosing which translation of that book to read.

    But with so many good books to choose from, sometimes she just needs someone to tell her which book to pull from her ever-growing TBR stack. Today, we'll translate Maria’s book requests into recommendations for reads she can move to the top of her list. 

    To see the books we discussed in this episode, be sure to check out our website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/297.

    Connect with Maria on Twitter and Instagram to follow along with what she reads next.

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    • 37 min
    Ep 296: Backlist and brunch

    Ep 296: Backlist and brunch

    Readers, today’s guest knows that she’s overlooked some amazing books over the last ten years, but she needs a little help to figure out which ones to pick up now. 

    Amber Burns loves discovering something new in the books she reads, and she's also a mood reader. She's looking for stories filled with believable tension and humor, and she loves a good enemies to lovers trope.

    When she’s not reading in the best coffee shops of her beloved Philadelphia or exploring the city’s vibrant used bookstore scene, Amber is hosting her podcast, Thank You For Asking, and working as a content creator.

    If you’re looking for a mind-blowing book that keeps you up late turning the pages, we hope you’ll find some suggestions in today's episode.

    To see a list of those books check out our website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/296.




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    • 49 min
    Ep 295: Unleash your pent-up book energy

    Ep 295: Unleash your pent-up book energy

    Readers, after a move today’s guest craved community and an outlet for her “pent-up book energy.”

    She started a book club in her new neighborhood and quickly discovered getting started wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be. Today, Shweta Hegde walks us through the steps she took to form a bookish community and provides some friendly encouragement for you to get that book talk going. 

    This was only Shweta's latest move: she grew up in India in a military family—so she moved a lot as a kid. In each new town she sought out that magical place that opened up her whole world: the library.

    Readers, prepare to be consumed by bookish nostalgia as Shweta recalls her first experience at the library and the magical realization that she could take a whole stack of books home with her. We also talk about how the library never lost its magic, how Shweta continues to love exploring new worlds in the pages of her books, and Anne helps her find books with characters she can really get attached to. 

    To see a list of those books check out our website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/295.




    Our 300th episode is coming soon! At this momentous occasion, we want to celebrate all that’s happened over the past 5 and a half years—and we’re looking for your input.

    We’d love to know something YOU learned from the show. Visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/learned300 to learn more about how to participate. We can’t wait to hear from you.




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4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

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The Read More Team

Such fans of Anne, her team and this entire podcast! Congratulations on EP. 300.

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Life changing!

This podcast is amazing and has changed my reading life. Thank you Anne!

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Anne always asks the best questions, such a reflective listener and guiding folks through their reading journeys! My fave.

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