237 episodes

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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    • 4.8, 3.7K Ratings

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 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

    Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

    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/237




    You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakes




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    • 48 min
    Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

    Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

    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/236




    You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.




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    • 51 min
    Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

    Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

    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/235

    You 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

    • 44 min
    Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

    Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

    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.




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    • 43 min
    Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

    Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

    Anne explores the serious side of "escapist" fiction with reader and prison education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy.

    • 44 min
    Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

    Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

    Anne is joined by Gaithersburg mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of community book events.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

LRM Williams ,

I look forward to each new installment

Anne brings humor and a great depth of knowledge about the world of books and publishing and makes it accessible. She is completely relatable and is great at listening to what makes each person unique, to meet them where they are. I highly recommend!

Minus 12 lbs. ,

Found My Best Books

Listening to this podcast has expanded my awareness of wonderful authors I would have missed out on. It is the podcast I always make sure is downloaded and ready when I am headed to the lake or outside to garden. The variety of guests are fun and the candid conversations between book lovers is refreshing. I am aware there are independent bookstores all over I want to explore in future travels. We often discuss the content of this podcast at our book club and trust the recommendations.

gammymegs ,

This is a must listen to find your next “must read”

Absolutely loving this podcast! I hear about it in the podcast “That Sounds Fun” with Annie F. Downs and just love how relaxing and enjoyable I find this podcast. It’s basically like listening to a book club discussion - I’ve heard so many books discussed that I’ve added to my reading list and am just loving the podcast. I listen to it while I run and feel like I’m with friends. Great podcast!

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