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 302: Books you can believe in
If you love books that make you think or spark a spirited discussion, you're on the same page as today's guests!
Christine Pride and Jo Piazza have a shared passion for books where the stakes are high and the story is personal. From intimate memoirs to books featuring strong female friendships, they are looking for books that will show them something unique while evoking a strong reaction.
Christine and Jo have a unique and long-lasting relationship of their own: they've worked together for years as editor & writer, and they recently embarked on a new stage of their bookish journey, jointly penning the brand-new release We Are Not Like Them.
Listen in to today's conversation with Jo and Christine about books they've loved and stories that have moved them. See the full list of books we discussed on our website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/302, and leave a comment with any books you think Christine and Jo would love to read and discuss!
Connect with Christine on Instagram and her website; Find Jo on Instagram and Twitter.
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Ep 301: Ask Anne Anything
Readers, as we continue our celebration of 300 episodes of What Should I Read Next, today we are bringing your voices to the stage as Anne and WSIRN team member Leigh Kramer tackle your burning questions!
We always enjoy our Ask Anne Anything episodes and the chance to hear what you’re curious about. We hope today's conversation and our answers give you a little more insight into the world of WSIRN. Thank you so much to everyone who sent in a question!
Be sure to check out this episode's show notes for a list of all the books we discussed today.
And sure you don't miss out on the final stage of our 300th episode celebration. We'll be hosting a special LIVE event for our Patreon community with interviews and conversations with three of WSIRN's most recommended authors, and we'd love to have you join us. Learn more at our Patreon site.
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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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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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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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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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I have an abundance of books to add to my To Be Read list because of this enjoyable podcast, but I also really enjoy hearing people talk about why they did or did not like reading certain books. I especially enjoy when it’s a reader I can relate to - the type of books they enjoy or the problems they have with reading. I am not the only one with reading as their main hobby!
The absolute best reading and book podcast, period!
I love Anne and her incredible insight into what folks should read next!
I enjoy this podcast, but after listening through the backlog, I do have a few notes. Many book recs are repeated through guests (not one after the other but enough that it’s obvious— if I have to hear about Station Eleven one note time...), Anne can get... defensive when people don’t like books she loves, and if you’re not a Christian reader, you might notice an above average number of folks looking for Christian lit recs (this last one isn’t a fault at all but more just a heads up... I had to skip quite a few episodes bc they didn’t apply).