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 293: Streamline your (digital) TBR
As a city planner in Calgary, Caylee Dyck knows how to problem solve and prioritize in order to create better communities and a more liveable cities–built environments people feel good spending time in. But when it comes to her reading life, Caylee is struggling to create a pleasing, welcoming, workable model for choosing what to read next. With over 900 titles on her To Be Read list and more than 150 ebooks on her Kindle, she's feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Anne helps Caylee transform her literary landscape with practical, actionable, and sometimes (as you’ll hear) tangible tips for tackling her TBR. Then gets her started off by highlighting a few titles from among her digital ebook downloads that Anne think she’s likely to love.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your unread books, we hope you find a solution that works for you in today’s episode.
To see the list of the books we discuss from Caylee's Kindle downloads, including the books Anne recommends, visit the podcast website at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/293
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Ep 292: A life-changing library trip
Regular listeners know good book talk often blends the heavy and the light—and that is certainly true for today's show. Today's episode is tons of fun, and has us thinking about our own life-changing literary experiences.
As an avid library user and member of two book clubs, our guest Loren Mueller has no problem adding potential life-changing reads to her To Be Read list, and then diving in. But she does have trouble remembering specific details from what she read—and today, we’re gonna figure out what to do about it.
We discuss ways to retain what you read while reading for the fun of it, and why an “easy” reading experience means something different to every reader.
Check out the show notes post on our website for the full list of books discussed today and a transcript of the show.
One of my go-to tips for any reader who wants to learn more about themselves as a reader is to start a book journal to capture what they’ve read, what they want to read, and other important info that will better their reading lives. That's why I’m thrilled to offer my own beautiful and functional journal.
The journal is called My Reading Life and it’s available September 21st but you can preorder a copy now and we've got some fun preorder bonuses for those of you who do just that. Learn more about My Reading Life and the bonuses at modernmrsdarcy.com/journal.
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Ep 291: The best books of summer (so far)
Behind the scenes at What Should I Read Next? and Modern Mrs. Darcy, we have a team of readers who are bursting with bookish enthusiasm.
Our producer Brenna paired us up in our virtual recording studio, matching team members you’ve never heard discuss books together on the show. Our reading tastes are vastly different, but we quickly discovered that talking about books creates instant connections—even when reading preferences don’t seem to match up at all.
We had the best time discussing what summer reading means to us, what we’ve read and loved lately, and what we hope to read next before the season is over.
We hope today's collection of bookish conversations inspires you to ask your coworkers, friends, or family members what books they’ve loved recently. And, of course, we hope you find your next great read among the abundance of titles we talk about today.
See all of the books we discuss or follow along with a transcript on the show notes page.
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Ep 290: Fiction is my oldest friend
Today’s guest describes herself as a serial starter who might have started up to 10 books before finishing one. She even keeps moving through several books at once by reading different genres at different times of the day.
Shanel Sparr is an artistic Jill of all Trades–acting, directing, crocheting and designing clothes. But as an avid collector of hobbies, reading still holds a distinct place in her life—and she highly values being well-rounded as a reader.
Shanel loves books that explore a character’s interior landscape, especially when that’s packaged in a surprising way, and doesn’t mind going a bit dark, or eerie. Although she has found she has a limit—and so today I’m looking for titles that walk the fine line of addressing hard things without tipping into overly tragic.
See all of the books we discuss or follow along with a transcript on the show notes page.
You can learn more about all of Shanel's artistic endeavors on her website.
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Ep 289: A ridiculous plan to read more books
Today’s guest created a unique plan to help him tackle the books one “must read before they die,” but now he’s looking for less planning and more bookish serendipity.
Author, blogger, and podcaster Neil Pasricha hosts the show 3 Books, where he talks with avid readers about the three most formative books in their lives. The show originated as a way for Neil to find lesser known titles and backlist books to boost his reading life. Now, he finds himself assigning too much “reading homework,” and he’s looking for ways to spend more time connecting with each book he reads instead of breezing through to the next checkmark on his TBR.
Between two book podcasters we cover a lot of ground today. Be sure to check out the show notes for a full list of the titles. You just might find a formative book for you.
You can find Neil writing on his website or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
And don't forget to listen to my episode of 3 Books recorded (partially) in the Rare Books Room at the Strand.
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Ep 288: Looking for that WOW! factor
Are you a book collector? Today's guest has a bookshelf full of vintage beauty guidebooks, and though she considers this a separate part of her bookish life, there were some surprising connections to her taste in crime fiction.
After hearing about her collection, you may not be surprised to find out that Brenda LaBelle is a make-up artist turned librarian. She's looking for more than a pretty cover though, Brenda likes books with stylish prose and memorable characters.
Listen now wherever you get your podcasts—and be sure to visit the show website for today's complete book list–including titles you’ve never heard on the podcast. (You'll also find a photo of Brenda's beauty bookshelf there!)
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Consistent, Creative, and My Favorite!
My favorite bookish podcasts ended several years and I was sad. I had been a fan of Anne Bogel's Modern Mrs. Darcy blog for a while, but hadn't checked out her podcast. I came to WSIRN a little late, but better late than never. I love the format, Anne's gentle banter with her guest, and the quality is consistently good. I know I can just pop it on and I am immersed in Anne's bookish world. I feel like I'm sitting around the table with Anne and her guest. WSIRN is now my favorite bookish podcast and I'm a big fan of Anne's too!
And I mean that in a good way!! Anyone who loves reading should listen! I have added so many many books while listening to this podcast! Although I have no time to read right now as I have just found your podcast.. so I am binge listening.
I totally love 3 books you love and one you hate. As I hear what the choices are I have a good idea who I would agree with and who I probably don’t.
Thank you from a girl born and raised in Louisville!
Soul food for the book lover!
I love my “weekly check-in” with Anne Bogel and her MMD reading community (i.e., this podcast). I listen to new episodes and archived episodes during my morning jog and they out a spring in my step. My reading life has been more rewarding since I started listening to this podcast.