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 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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Ep 276: Exquisite, evocative novels
Podcast producer and PhD student Sara Aeder always finds time for reading, thanks to audiobooks and a passion for turning the pages. She has a special fondness for books that explore the “exquisite pain of a teenage crush” and let her live vicariously through fictional drama, but Sara’s taste in books goes way beyond young adult lit.
Today on the podcast, Sara shares three books she loves that cover the main themes of her reading taste, and I recommend several titles that I think she'll love.
We mention over 40 titles in today’s episode, from all-time favorites to books that fell flat. Listen in to find out which book Sara threw across the room and be sure to check out the full list of every single book we talk about on our website.
You can follow Sara on Instagram or check out her work at Tablet Podcasts.
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Ep 275: How many book clubs is too many book clubs?
How do you manage your reading life when you have many books you NEED to read, and many more you'd LIKE to read, just for you? In today's episode we're diving into that question with Brigid Misselhorn, a self-described "book club addict" who offers insight into this highly relatable question.
Bonus: Brigid describes herself as a "naturally slow" reader; we know many of you love it when our guest's reading life mirrors your own in this specific way.
From graphic novels to gothic mysteries, today’s titles are a lot of fun. This is one of those episodes where I have to try several times to find the right titles that Brigid hasn't read yet! Be sure to visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/275 for today's complete book list–it's a long one.
To see her latest buddy read follow Brigid on Instagram.
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Ep 274: #Bookstagram made me do it
Readers, the origin story for today’s episode might make you swoon. It all started with a conversation on Instagram, where Anne got a message from one incredibly intentional boyfriend hoping to make some bookish dreams come true. After learning more, we invited his girlfriend Ashley on the show, and I’ll let her tell the whole story today.
Ashley Parrish is a book lover and self-proclaimed TV junkie who enjoys scrolling bookstagram but wants to find more backlist titles instead of picking up every book that garners a lot of buzz on social media—we know many of you can relate. Today, Anne is sharing three (or maybe a few more) titles to satisfy Ashley’s love of page-turning fiction and books that revolve around the performing arts.
Visit the podcast website to see all the books discussed in this episode or to follow along with a transcript of the show.
You can follow Ashley on Instagram, where she shares her recent reads.
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Book Readers Come Listen!!
If you love books or love to read, this is the podcast for you! I leave each episode with sticky notes filled with new books to put on my TBR list. Anne has such a lovely voice and I love that she lets her guests talk and explain their likes/dislikes without judgement. The episodes are shorter which allows me to stay focused and engaged. Highly recommend!
Each ‘reader’ or podcast is so different! Every episode gives me some new ideas for books - or clarity on what/why I read what i do!
A forever favorite!
Started listening to this wonderful book podcast when it first began. Absolutely love Anne Bogel’s recommendations and insights into life! It’s so fun to hear each guest’s favorite books and what books Anne suggests for them to read next. It has help to grow my reading life in SO. MANY. WAYS.
Thank you Anne and the rest of the WSIRN and MMD team for creating such joy.