What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

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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.
181: Taking your reading life from good to great
Apr 23 • 58 min
Today’s guest Holli Petersen has created a very special family book club that might inspire you to pick up the phone and call a bookish loved one as soon as the episode is over. She also totally hated one of Anne’s favorite titles for the first 100 pages,…
180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year
Apr 16 • 59 min
Today’s guest is reading speed-demon Liberty Hardy, professional book nerd and host of Book Riot’s All the Books podcast. Together, Liberty and Anne are going deep into a book labyrinth, discussing truly committed bookworm questions like “how do you avoid…
179: Life is short & my TBR is way too long
Apr 9 • 47 min
Anne helps an introverted reader find a sensical through-line in her eclectic reading habits.
One Great Book Trailer
Apr 2 • 2 min
We have a new podcast! WSIRN is about helping readers find their next read. In each episode, the recommendations are geared toward a particular reader’s style, and Anne always looks for titles they haven’t read before. Our new podcast is a short format…
178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life
Apr 2 • 57 min
Decision-making is a HUGE part of WSIRN’s purpose. Podcaster and author Emily P. Freeman is an expert in the art of decision-making (she’s literally written the book on it), but when assigned school reading hijacked alllllll her personal reading time……
177: When your reading life is a roller coaster
Mar 26 • 49 min
Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s guest Kate Mitchell has experienced polar opposites in her reading life, going from a period of time when…
176: Books in the freezer, & other horror stories
Mar 19 • 54 min
Anne goes out of her comfort zone, recommending creepy comfort reads to horror lover Mallory O’Meara.
175: Your library called and they want their books back
Mar 12 • 44 min
Michelle Wilson has noticed a specific character type that is missing from her bookshelves… and she is on the hunt for more. She and Anne chat about characters age 50+ in possession of NO magical powers, yelling at characters who make terrible decisions,…
174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read
Mar 5 • 37 min
Guest Kate Daley is a house painter from New South Wales, Australia, who has been living for the past two and a half years… in a camper van! Today she chats with Anne about the genre that sent her into an intense reading rut, a family reading competition,…
173: Clocking in at the reading factory
Feb 26 • 49 min
After a year of focusing on reading over 100 books while recovering from a running injury, today’s guest Natalie Van Waning is sprinting enthusiastically toward many readers’ worst nightmare: Looooooong books. We’re talking doorstop, tweak your wrist…
172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?
Feb 19 • 44 min
Sean Larkin is a self-proclaimed “slow reader”, stay-at-home-parent, and freelance photographer. If you don’t relate to 100-book reading goals or refreshing your feed for the latest book news, Sean is the kindred reading spirit you’ve been waiting to hear…
171: A podcaster, a barrister, and a joiner walk into a bookstore
Feb 12 • 39 min
Scottish bookseller Ruth Anderson takes Anne behind the scenes - in person - of her newly opened used bookshop, and describes life in Scotland’s National Book Town.
170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader
Feb 5 • 46 min
Cult survivor Anna LeBaron shares how literacy saved her life, and Anne recommends novels that won’t feel like a waste of time.
169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways
Jan 29 • 54 min
Best friends Phimy and Erika ask Anne to pick three possible next picks for their democracy-driven LA book club, and discuss the book that taught them radical self-care.
168: A century of good books (in a single year)
Jan 22 • 47 min
Anne recommends books to a reader who is challenging herself to read 1 book from each of the past 100 years in 2019.
167: Reading is supposed to be FUN
Jan 15 • 43 min
A mom shares how reading has helped her child feel safer in the world, and asks Anne to match her with whimsical fiction to pry her out of a nonfiction rut.
166: Just don’t call it a book club
Jan 8 • 44 min
A small-town reader shares her vision for a unique social reading experience, and asks Anne to match her with books that will ease her into the nonfiction world.
165: 1000 Books to read before you die
Jan 1 • 54 min
Author Jim Mustich chats about reading on a whim, the year it took him over a decade to write, and recommends books Anne should prioritize in 2019.
164: The couple that reads together … needs to find books they’ll both LOVE
Dec 18, 2018 • 43 min
A history buff husband and English teacher wife ask Anne to connect the dots between their disparate reading tastes.
163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors
Dec 11, 2018 • 31 min
Anne recommends books to a nature lover who takes her reading on the trail.
162: The best bad ending you’ll ever read
Dec 4, 2018 • 53 min
Today’s guest Traci Thomas has had a hard time finding her niche in the online bookish community, because, as she puts it, she “reads like a dad”. But I have a hunch lots of listeners will relate to her obsession with true crime and the literary search…
161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist
Nov 27, 2018 • 68 min
Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand joins Anne to recommend literary gifts for listener’s loved ones.
160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life
Nov 20, 2018 • 37 min
Anne recommends quirky, serendipitous reads to author John Cohen, and digs into his past as a nurse and screenwriter.
159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever
Nov 13, 2018 • 45 min
Jane Austen superfan Shawntaye talks literary dinner parties, her 10 years of book journaling, and Anne recommends a book you’ve definitely never heard of.
158: The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf
Nov 6, 2018 • 54 min
If you have a gigantic pile of books that you own but haven’t yet read looming somewhere in your house, today’s guest Whitney Conard totally gets you. Anne is chatting with Whitney about the Instagram endeavor #TheUnreadShelfProject, saying goodbye to…
157: The stories behind the stories we love to read
Oct 30, 2018 • 49 min
Today Anne chats with a reader who turned her family’s difficult story into a book that has brought joy and hope to countless readers. Georgia Hunter got curious about her family history, and a few questions put to the right relatives uncovered something…
156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf
Oct 23, 2018 • 42 min
Clear your calendars — today’s episode might inspire you to rethink and rearrange your whole home library. Myquillyn Smith, author of home decor books Cozy Minimalist Home and The Nesting Place, joins Anne to chat about the revelation of ribbon on a…
155: When stolen audible credits spur a beautiful bookish relationship
Oct 16, 2018 • 39 min
Today’s guests ask Anne to bridge the divide between an imaginative-fiction lover and a scientific-NONfiction lover. Ashley and Brent are a father-daughter reading duo who share an Audible account and a love for an untold story. Anne, Ashley, and Brent…
154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them
Oct 9, 2018 • 54 min
Today, guest RuthAnn Deveney lead Anne into the world of special-interest reading, discussing how her passion for victim advocacy brought powerful literature into her life that she wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. They also chat about sensitive-reader…
153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time
Oct 2, 2018 • 40 min
Kari Sweeney is a working mom of four who has developed a VERY unique system to keep her reading life running like clockwork. Kari and Anne chat about wishy washy star ratings, the right season for the right book, reading at the grocery store… and Kari is…
152: Under-appreciated books that may be perfect for your TBR
Sep 25, 2018 • 51 min
Get ready for a serious TBR-filler. Today’s guest Elham Ali flips the script to recommend Canadian literature to Anne… but turnabout is fair play, and Anne won’t let her leave without some of HER favorite CanLit recommendations. It’s a bookish road trip…
151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist
Sep 18, 2018 • 57 min
Today’s guest populates the “candy aisle” of the bookstore. Maria Ribas is a literary agent who specializes in gorgeous full-color cookbooks and snappy self-help! So yes, she totally has it covered in the nonfiction department, but her fiction game could…
150: I have a confession… I’m not a reader
Sep 11, 2018 • 45 min
Until recently, reading was a means to an end in language arts teacher Julie Mushkin’s life - and the type of book that totally turned things around for her may surprise you. Today, Anne and Julie are recommending books perfectly suited for both teens AND…
149: Ask Anne Anything
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
WSIRN’s producer Brenna Frederick is in the virtual studio today, and she’s bringing an armload of YOUR questions to the table, gathered from email, instagram, and the comment section. What did Anne do with her life before she became a blogger and…
148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)
Aug 28, 2018 • 45 min
We’ve talked more than once on WSIRN about how the power of reading aloud forges family bonds… and today’s guest, Laura Summerhill, puts that thought into action in a brilliant and life-affirming way. But she’s also been out of the pleasure reading game…
147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time
Aug 21, 2018 • 49 min
Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast Snark Squad, where they rehash books, tv, and movies with a sharp eye and a lot of laughs. True to…
146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card
Aug 14, 2018 • 56 min
Today, Anne has an incredible conversation with Chatti Phal-Brown about how war, family, trauma, joy, and hope for the future have shaped her reading life. Chatti requests recommendations from a genre almost NEVER discussed on the show, and her least…
145: Confess Your Literary Sins
Aug 10, 2018 • 15 min
Today we have a special bonus episode for you! Anne’s new book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life comes out in a little less than a month. Today she’s reading you the first chapter. And YOU get to play along in a fun,…
144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.
Aug 7, 2018 • 52 min
Today, Anne tackles guest Travis Meserve’s bookstore anxiety - where should you look in the store to find your next read? How do you get past the nerves and talk to your friendly local bookseller? And is there a secret key to understanding the bestsellers…
143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read
Jul 31, 2018 • 44 min
If both Netflix and the bookshelf hold equal value in your heart, you’ll totally relate to today’s guest. Patience Randle loves a book with cinematic appeal, especially if it comes with a comfy chair and a great cup of coffee. Today, Patience and Anne…
142: The moment you became a reader
Jul 24, 2018 • 33 min
In episode 138, we met NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank, who filled WILDLY different roles despite working within the same library system. Today, Anne explores a smaller-town librarian experience through the eyes of Sarah Peden, a children’s librarian from…
141: The Enneagram of your favorite book
Jul 17, 2018 • 50 min
Anne chats with Ian Morgan Cron, noted Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, author of The Road Back to You and host of the Typology podcast, about how their favorite literary characters (and maybe a few movie characters) fit into the framework of the…
140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?
Jul 10, 2018 • 50 min
Today’s guest Cindy Wang-Brandt has gone through a lot of shifts in her life - spiritual, political, familial… which around here, begs a question: what do those shifts do to a person’s reading life? Join Anne and Cindy in an examination of how identities…
139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN
Jul 3, 2018 • 49 min
Anne chats with Eric Zimmer, host of The One You Feed podcast, which features interviews with thoughtful people who have big ideas about making a “conscious, creative effort toward a life worth living.” Anne and Eric talk about his favorite comic strip…
138: The Librarians Are In!
Jun 26, 2018 • 53 min
Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius work in unique roles at the New York Public Library system, and together host the wonderful podcast The Librarian Is In. Today Anne, Gwen, and Frank have a heart-to-heart chat about the ways librarians’ roles have shifted…
137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times
Jun 19, 2018 • 41 min
Leigh Kramer is a former medical social worker, and the author of a brand new novel about life, love, and loss called A Storied Life. Today Anne digs deep with former social worker and current author Leigh Kramer to discuss a tough, nuanced topic: grief.…
136: One Great Book
Jun 12, 2018 • 13 min
Readers, welcome to our first impromptu and improvised episode of What Should I Read Next! Today Anne tells you a little about our new class, Get More Out of Your Library. Click here for more details, and click here to learn more about the MMD Book Club…
135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect
Jun 5, 2018 • 48 min
Guest and author Jen Hatmaker is known for speaking publicly about a LOT of things, but reading isn’t one of them! At least, not the books she’s really reading on her own time—and today you’re going to hear how different those titles are from what you…
134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge
May 29, 2018 • 29 min
Ben Huntington is a young audiobook fanatic who chews through stories at an exhilarating rate - we’re talking reading the Hobbit in one week! Today, Anne recommends a ton of great audiobook series to keep his reading list full all summer. This is an…
133: Authors who get where you’re coming from
May 22, 2018 • 55 min
Guest Sachi Argabright discovered a rich vein of books by Asian American authors who inspire her, and it’s given her reading life wings. In today’s episode, Anne tops up her list with unique and soon-to-be-released titles so she can stay in that happy…
132: The books we can’t wait to read this summer
May 15, 2018 • 50 min
It’s time to get your library holds all set up for a long summer of reading! Whether you’re looking for a contemporary page-turner, something spine-chilling, a chunky classic, a dose of reality, or if you’re suspending expectations in hope of some bookish…
131: Living in the land of Jane Austen
May 8, 2018 • 48 min
Jane Austen devotees will get a big kick out of today’s guest - Clara Breitenmoser is originally from New Zealand, currently lives in England, and now spends her days smack in the middle of a favorite literary landmark. Anne and Clara talk about heritage…
130: Must-read books by women writers
May 1, 2018 • 42 min
Pop quiz - what is true of only 14 of the 110 Nobels awarded for Literature since the category’s founding in 1901? Answer: only 14 women have received the honor. Today’s guests Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett are intent on giving brilliant female…
129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)
Apr 24, 2018 • 49 min
Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta’s Moore’s creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching up with Osheta to find out about the podcast that was just a baby project when they first chatted, the…
128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot
Apr 17, 2018 • 42 min
If the word “biography” doesn’t fill you with excitement, maybe today’s guest Tracie Haddock’s enthusiasm can convince you to give them another shot. She even calls one famous biographer her “adopted grandfather”—although what she’s REALLY looking for are…
127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)
Apr 10, 2018 • 42 min
Everything’s upside down this week - WSIRN guest Jordan Bradley needs help QUITTING books! Years of higher education taught him to just push through a bad reading experience - but now it’s time to recalibrate. In today’s episode, Anne and Jordan talk…
126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart
Apr 3, 2018 • 40 min
Today’s guest is Roxanne Coady, proprietor of RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, Connecticut and host of the Just The Right book podcast. Years ago, Roxanne did what many of WSIRN listeners have dreamed of doing - she left her old career behind, and started a…
125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict
Mar 27, 2018 • 33 min
Do you ever feel a little out of place in the world of online readers? Perhaps you’re more of a dabbler? You might relate to today’s guest! Dana Hartness is fascinated by “reading culture” but feels like she doesn’t belong because her interests are so…
124: The challenge of making your reading life your own
Mar 20, 2018 • 59 min
Today’s episode is a FESTIVAL of book recommendations for all ages. You might recognize children’s lit enthusiast extraordinaire Sarah Mackenzie from Episode 49 during our Reading for a Lifetime series, when she came on the show to help Anne recommend…
123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)
Mar 13, 2018 • 39 min
Today’s guest is a reader who loves to laugh. Rissie Lundberg wrote in to the show to tell us she’s been a listener from the very beginning, but has NEVER heard her favorite titles discussed on the air. We knew we had to have her on the show to remedy…
122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library
Mar 6, 2018 • 59 min
You might recognize today’s guest if you’re a reality tv buff - Scott Flanary WON season 29 of The Amazing Race! But he also happens to be a huge book nerd, and that’s what we get to talk about today. Scott says his home-base genre used to be chick lit,…
121: “The Secret” to a great self help book
Feb 27, 2018 • 52 min
Today’s guests take getting lost in a good book to a TOTALLY different level. Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg host By The Book podcast, a bookish comedy show where they live by the rules of different self-help bestseller, for two weeks at a time.…
120: Books that make you feel big things
Feb 20, 2018 • 50 min
Today’s guest Elizabeth Smith is an English Major lives a life that will inspire envy in a a lot of WSIRN listeners. She and her family homeschool, run a theatre company, tend a hobby farm, and herd sheep. No more juicy details here though - it’s better…
119: A book snob breakthrough
Feb 13, 2018 • 54 min
Today’s guest Carly Friedman is a working mom, an advisor at her local university, and has a totally unique goal for her 2018 reading life. We’ll give you one hint: backlist. Today Anne and Carly chat about nonfiction titles for people who love to learn,…
118: The rhythm of a reading family
Feb 6, 2018 • 59 min
Anne and today’s guest Dena Abramson Babb have a lot in common. Both were the girl in class who loved to choose the heftiest books possible from school reading lists, and now as adults they’ve infused their family cultures with reading. There’s a little…
117: Literary fiction over US Weekly
Jan 30, 2018 • 40 min
Today’s guest Rachael Robinson lives in Southern California, but Anne met her for the very first time in her own kitchen. (They’ll get to that in the episode). Rachael describes herself as an “extreme” book lover who discovered her reading obsession when…
115: Books that bridge two worlds
Jan 23, 2018 • 52 min
Readers, if you’re intrigued by the behind-the-scenes of the publishing industry, this one’s for you. In today’s new episode I chat with John August, a screenwriter, devoted reader, and author of a brand-new (or soon-to-be) middle grade novel. As of this…
114: Missed bookstore connections
Jan 16, 2018 • 69 min
Time FLIES when you’re reading a good book… and, turns out, when you’re podcasting. Today marks WSIRN’s second anniversary! We thought it would be fun to rewind allllll the way back to our VERY FIRST GUEST, ever-colorful personality and the co-host of The…
113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves
Jan 9, 2018 • 31 min
We asked 14 different podcast listeners how they organize their bookshelves … and we’re sharing their ideas with you. (Some readers even provided photos of their methods— link below!) Ever-popular genre and color organization came up of course, but we…
112: Your best reading year yet
Jan 2, 2018 • 51 min
“I want to read more” is a common refrain in January, so here’s some good news: today’s episode is full of tips and tricks to help you maximize your time and strategize your next best read! If you’ve been listening to WSIRN for a while, you’ve heard Anne…
111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club
Dec 26, 2017 • 54 min
Today’s episode is a cozy family affair! Anne chats with Emily and Daniela Loose, a mother-daughter duo from New Hampshire who have been reading together for Emily’s entire life. Emily went off to college this fall, and they’re learning to navigate the…
110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies
Dec 19, 2017 • 62 min
It’s our first guest from Down Under! Today Anne talks books with Fiona Thoms, a party-planning, paleo cooking, PTA president mum of three kids who lives in Sydney, Australia. You may recognize Fiona’s voice from Episode 62, because she recommends two…
109: Reading slumps are the worst
Dec 12, 2017 • 47 min
Today’s guest is Annie Spence, author of Dear Fahrenheit 45: Love and Hate in the Stacks, a collection of breakup notes and love letters to books she encounters in her day-to-day as a public librarian. This week Anne learns all about how Annie became a…
108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville
Dec 5, 2017 • 34 min
Anne kicked off her first visit to Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC in a big way - a WSIRN liveshow! You can read more details about what the show was like in this Modern Mrs. Darcy post. This episode is a fast and furious speed round of literary…
107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list
Nov 28, 2017 • 48 min
Holland Saltsman from the Novel Neighbor in St Louis joins Anne to talk about their favorite books of the year, supporting local bookstores, and the bookish gifts they can’t wait to give and receive this year. Whether you’re shopping for a book lover,…
106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience
Nov 21, 2017 • 30 min
Shannon Navin is a Columbus mom and technology professional who came to Anne with a specific request: to recommend great books that Shannon and her ten-year-old son can enjoy TOGETHER. Anne and Shannon discuss the magic of bonding over books with…
105: Reading makes the whole day better
Nov 14, 2017 • 60 min
Today Anne chats with Rider Strong, a director & screenwriter (you might know him from Boy Meets World) who spends free time reuniting with readerly college friends on his books and reading podcast Literary Disco. As a busy dad, Rider says his reading…
104: Books that don’t hold anything back
Nov 7, 2017 • 48 min
Alexandra Rodriguez is an English teacher and grad student in the Indianapolis area whose reading life underwent a big change a few years ago. Today, Anne explores how reading 150 books in a year represented a silver lining for Alexandra during a really…
103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes
Oct 31, 2017 • 48 min
Today Anne chats with Katherine Riling, a mom, math teacher, and new Alaska resident whose go-to genre is historical fiction — but she doesn’t want to read it ALL the time. Katherine’s three favorites are seasonally appropriate, and have something…
102: A new way to think about fictional characters
Oct 24, 2017 • 54 min
Anne is joined by a familiar voice — Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and, most recently, The Four Tendencies, a new personality framework in which she investigates how different people—or in today’s case, fictional characters—respond to…
101: What Anne wishes she’d known (100 episodes later)
Oct 17, 2017 • 68 min
Anne and WSIRN’s producer Brenna Frederick take a look back at memorable moments from the first 100 episodes of What Should I Read Next. From behind-the-scenes moments to reading-saved-my-life emails, memorable two-star reviews, bloopers, frequently asked…
100: When everyone loves that book but you
Oct 10, 2017 • 57 min
This week Anne chatts with Keith Watts, a Seattle resident who credits Star Wars with making him a reader, and Top Gun for making him a history major. Keith and Anne discuss what it’s like to grow up in a house full of books as a kid, and how he later had…
99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)
Oct 3, 2017 • 59 min
Today’s guest, Caroline Weaver, is known as The Pencil Lady, because by day she owns and operates CW Pencil Enterprise, a shop dedicated exclusively to pencils and pencil-related goods in Manhattan’s lower east side. Caroline loves contemporary literary…
98: Loving that literary lifestyle
Sep 26, 2017 • 53 min
This week Anne chats with Rikki and Michaela, two Seattle area friends and serious book lovers who knew each other for YEARS before they discovered they shared a love of reading. In today’s episode Anne, Rikki, and Michaela discuss what it means to live a…
97: How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves
Sep 19, 2017 • 26 min
Today Anne takes you behind the scenes of how her book Reading People came into being. Guided by questions from newsletter subscribers, we’re delving into the intricacies of how the book was made, from working with agents and editors, to how the book got…
96: Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!
Sep 15, 2017 • 34 min
We’re in serious countdown mode: Anne’s book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything comes out on Tuesday, September 19. This is the story of how Anne’s long journey digging into 7 popular personality…
95: Really weird stories you should totally read
Sep 12, 2017 • 51 min
In today’s episode, Anne and guest Nicholas Siegel cover a lot of ground. MFA fiction is a phrase that has been thrown around on the podcast before; today they dive into what exactly that means. Nicholas also pitches a book in a way that TOTALLY changes…
94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)
Sep 5, 2017 • 49 min
In today’s episode, Anne looks for small business owner Esther Dairiam’s origin story. Like so many great plots, Esther’s turns on an epiphany she had on a trip to Paris five years ago. She left convinced that what her adopted city of Chicago needed was…
93: Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling
Aug 29, 2017 • 47 min
Today’s guest, Kristin Economos, has an incredible story to tell, one many people will resonate with. After experiencing a season of severe anxiety, Kristin says her return from a decade-long reading sabbatical brought her back to life. She got…
92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list
Aug 22, 2017 • 48 min
Today’s guest pointed out that we haven’t talked to an abundance of East Coast readers, and today we’re making amends. Karen Weiss is a nurse practitioner in Maine who gets many of her best book recommendations from her teenage patients, and she returns…
91: The books you can’t stop recommending
Aug 8, 2017 • 45 min
Today’s guest is Bethany Armstrong, a lifelong reader who describes herself as the kind of kid who always had a book in her hand. After studying literature in college, Bethany suffered through a period of bookish burnout. But a surprising thing…
90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)
Aug 1, 2017 • 43 min
Today, Anne chats with Mary Gaertner, a listener of the show she met at the Popcast Live pre-party. Mary drove to the Louisville show from Cincinnati, and spent the car ride choosing her What Should I Read Next books - 3 books she loved, 1 book she hated,…
89: Ask Anne Anything!
Jul 25, 2017 • 45 min
Today is a What Should I Read Next milestone - our very first mailbag episode! We invited our newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers for their burning questions, and Anne did her best to answer. If you’ve ever been curious about the inner workings…
88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine
Jul 18, 2017 • 47 min
Today’s guest is Amena Brown, a spoken-word poet who writes all her poems to jazz music. When she was a little girl, Amena dreamed of becoming a stand-up comedian, and that doesn’t seem like a stretch! Amena brought a lot of big laughs to the show today,…
87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret
Jul 11, 2017 • 44 min
Today Anne chats with Aaron White, a runner, content developer, INTJ, and married father of two who lives in Minnesota. Aaron’s lifetime favorite book will make some of you jump up and cheer, and maybe make some of you yell back at your podcast player…
86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers
Jul 4, 2017 • 46 min
Promoting literacy is a both a paycheck and a free-time passion for today’s guest. Emily Kinard comes from a family where it’s completely normal for her grandmother and mom to give her book recommendations, and for her to return the favor. And if she sees…
84: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)
Jun 27, 2017 • 58 min
WSIRN goes international once more! Today’s guest is Charity Dušíková, an art teacher and mother residing in a small town in the Czech Republic*. Anne and Charity talk about the impact of big life changes on their reading lives, what to do when you HATE…
84: You know you’re a Serious Reader when…
Jun 20, 2017 • 46 min
Anne first met today’s guest Shawn Smucker and his wife Maile while they were on an epic cross-country road trip with the whole family, in a big blue bus named Willie. If that sounds like interesting reading, Shawn wrote a book about the experience! It’s…
83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip
Jun 13, 2017 • 45 min
If you’re a longtime listener, you’ve heard from today’s guest Donna Hetchler before—she hopped on episode 64 and chatted with Anne about the unconventional way she tracks what she reads, in our special episode devoted to how 15 WSIRN listeners track…
82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels
Jun 6, 2017 • 53 min
Today’s guest is That-Reader-Who-Is-Impossible-To-Recommend-Books-To… because it seems she’s read it EVERYTHING! Claire Diaz Ortiz has a very specific favorite genre that makes her go “crazy with excitement”, and Anne faces a real challenge finding any…
81: The suspense is thrilling me
May 30, 2017 • 44 min
In today’s episode, Anne chats with Chelsea Humphrey about what a surprisingly broad category “suspense/thriller” actually is. Of course there’s some Gone Girl chatter - but they’re going deeper, talk about how psychological suspense connects with the…
80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life
May 23, 2017 • 47 min
Why is it SO HARD to describe a book you REALLY LOVE? Anne tries to figure it out with today’s guest Cori Jara, a case worker in Eureka CA. Cori is a lifelong reader who loved the written word so much she became a creative writing major. But after college…
79: The books we can’t wait to read this summer
May 16, 2017 • 38 min
WARNING: today’s episode might make you long for a warm sandy beach, a cozy cabin, or a French villa… wherever your heart longs to vacation, that’s where you’ll want to be. That’s right, Anne is talking SUMMER READING today with the help of WSIRN insider…
78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time
May 9, 2017 • 44 min
Today’s conversation won’t go the direction you’re expecting - and we think you’re going to love it for just that reason. The guest is Kathleen Grissom, author of the hugely bestselling books The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. Kathy (she said we…
77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner
May 2, 2017 • 47 min
If YOU have ever dreamed of opening your own bookstore, you’re about to learn exactly how another reader is making that dream come true. Meet Alison Frenzel, a reader from Waco Texas who is in the process of bringing her bookish business idea into the…
76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)
Apr 25, 2017 • 92 min
WSIRN just hosted our first LIVE event at the fabulous bookstore The Novel Neighbor in St Louis. (Many thanks to shop owner Holland Saltsman for having us!). Anne surprised three readers from the audiences with their very own book-matchmaking session! If…
75: If Google wrecked your brain, here’s what you should read
Apr 18, 2017 • 60 min
Today’s guest is Dave Harrity, a writer, college professor, and real-life friend of Anne’s in Louisville. But there’s something else you should know about David, and you have to promise not to click away when we tell you…. It’s National Poetry Month, and…
74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!
Apr 11, 2017 • 40 min
Today’s guest hails from Austin, TX, and enjoys the simple things in life: wine, books, chips & salsa. As host of The Happy Hour podcast, it might be fair to say Jamie Ivey is a happiness “professional.” Most of our guests come with anecdotes about…
73: Don’t judge a person by their (book) cover
Apr 4, 2017 • 50 min
Have you ever been at a bus stop, on a train, or in a waiting room, and casually craned your neck trying to peek the title of a stranger’s book? Going a step further - have you ever straight-up ASKED a stranger about the book they’re reading? For most of…
72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions
Mar 28, 2017 • 48 min
Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top Shelf Text, where she celebrates the most beautiful titles she’s been reading lately. Today, Anne delves into…
71: A super-elegant apocalypse
Mar 21, 2017 • 42 min
Today’s guest is an early member of the WSIRN family. If you were a listener back at the veeeery beginning of our show, you have Knox to thank for getting the first 11 episodes into your ears as our behind-the-scenes producer! You may ALSO know him as the…
70: The book Anne can’t shut up about
Mar 14, 2017 • 43 min
We’re delighted to welcome Jessie Weaver on the show for episode 70! Jessie is a married mother of two who loves to read, which sounds pretty normal, right? She lives in the Chattanooga area with her family… AND a gaggle of teenage boys in a private…
69: The library is running my life
Mar 7, 2017 • 51 min
Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn’s job. In this episode, Anne takes a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course dive into Carolyn’s reading…
68: Plot summaries are the WORST
Feb 28, 2017 • 41 min
You may know Laura Tremaine from her former blog Hollywood Housewife… or the Sorta Awesome podcast… or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast… but no matter where you first heard Laura’s voice, we can all agree she’s a delight. Anne and Laura discuss the…
67: Just the right book at just the right time
Feb 21, 2017 • 39 min
Today’s guest, Eli Sykes, is a food scientist who describes his job as “getting to eat snacks all day,” so it’s safe to say Eli is living the dream. We’ve had a lot of English majors on the show, but this episode looks into what it’s like to be married to…
66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop
Feb 14, 2017 • 46 min
Today’s completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of Sorta Awesome podcast. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9 (just like Anne) and a textbook ENFP, she LOVES The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to listen to. In this…
65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime
Feb 7, 2017 • 39 min
Today’s guest is Graylin Porter, World-Lit-major-with-a-Masters-in-Modern-&-Contemporary-Lit-turned-children’s-librarian who is expecting a new addition to her family very very soon (hint: it’s a baby!). Graylin shares a peek behind the librarian curtain,…
64: The next best thing to reading
Jan 31, 2017 • 58 min
It’s time for something a bit different - in today’s “from the mailbag” episode, Anne discusses the myriad ways readers track their book lives, from Goodreads, to bullet journals, to excel spreadsheets, to #bookstagram. Fifteen WSIRN listeners’ favorite…
63: Books so good you’ll forget you have a phone
Jan 24, 2017 • 46 min
Today’s guest is Elise Blaha Cripe, who you may know as the creative professional behind the Get to Work Book planner, or the host of podcast Elise Gets Crafty. Most importantly, Elise is one of those people who can’t NOT talk about books—who loves to be…
62: Your TBR will never be the same …
Jan 17, 2017 • 60 min
Hello readers, it’s a very special Tuesday! We have officially reached What Should I Read Next’s Anniversary episode. It’s been a full year since Episode 1! There are 61 episodes under our belt, and in 52 of those episodes Anne has recommended what our…
61: When the plot comes full circle…
Jan 10, 2017 • 40 min
Today we’re catching up with the very first guest of What Should I Read Next! Even if you’re a longtime listener, you still might not recognize his voice… and that’s because the first time Anne recorded this show, it was on her iPhone, in a moving…
60: The last page can make it or break it
Jan 3, 2017 • 50 min
Happy 2017, listeners! We have a DYNAMIC episode to kick off the WSIRN New Year. Today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks (and Bogel Family favorites) Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and…
59: Prescribing books for what ails you
Dec 27, 2016 • 47 min
Our guest this week is Danielle Mayfield. Danielle lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. You may know her as the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith,a book of essays that was…
58: “You’ve hit your hold limit” and other disasters
Dec 20, 2016 • 51 min
Today’s guest is Jamie Durham, a full-time missionary living in Tijuana, Mexico. Jamie and her well-traveled family of 5 have to cross an international border to get to a their nearest library! In this episode, Jamie and Anne dive into how this…
57: What’s your reading personality?
Dec 13, 2016 • 29 min
Today’s guest is Shaney Swift, a massage therapist and social justice advocate from Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been around What Should I Read Next for a while, you know Anne can be a bit of a personality-type geek, and Shaney shares that enthusiasm — so…
56: There’s nothing like a bookstore at the holidays
Dec 6, 2016 • 48 min
This is a WSIRN first— a repeat guest! Today Anne chats with friend of the show and bookstore owner Holland Saltsman about everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about opening an independent bookstore, how to support indies this holiday season, the…
55: Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen’s 5x great niece)
Nov 29, 2016 • 30 min
Around here, we don’t think you need an excuse to love Jane Austen, but boy does today’s guest Rebecca Smith have a great one — she is Jane Austen’s great great great great great niece! Rebecca is a longtime reader, a former writer in residence at Jane…
54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?
Nov 22, 2016 • 43 min
Today we’re back to literary matchmaking, with listener Melodee Skiles here to representing all the avid audiobook lovers who want to know what to LISTEN to next! Melodee is a stay-at-home mom who owns an online literature tutorial business. Books are…
53: The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)
Nov 18, 2016 • 24 min
Here to help close out the Reading For A Lifetime week is Jenny Williams, who illustrates beloved literary heroines for a living as the charming artist and entrepreneur behind Carrot Top Paper Shop. In this episode, Anne and Jenny talk all about why we…
52: There’s nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)
Nov 17, 2016 • 31 min
It’s Day 4 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series on WSIRN, and if our comment section has made one thing known, it’s this: Adults LOVE Kid Lit. Not just for kids, not just in a theoretical sense, but in honest-to-goodness, just-for-the-joy-of-it,…
51: Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)
Nov 16, 2016 • 34 min
Day 3 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series is all about “guilty pleasure” kid lit - the series we read and re-read not because they were Great Literature, but because they were gosh-darn fun! Here to talk about not-so-serious gateway children’s…
50: Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)
Nov 15, 2016 • 36 min
Day 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and our guest Leigh Collazo has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic. Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over…
49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)
Nov 14, 2016 • 45 min
Today kicks off our special WSIRN 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics this week: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for…
48: It’s good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake
Nov 8, 2016 • 45 min
This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there’s a book vlogger out there for every literary…
47: Needing books, with a capital “N”
Nov 1, 2016 • 28 min
It’s bibliotherapy time! Today’s guest is Erin Swann, is an attorney who lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family. Erin’s always been a reader, but when she went through a major transition a few years back she rediscovered the therapeutic value…
46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)
Oct 25, 2016 • 23 min
Today we have a special episode: we’re revisiting seven guests from previous episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What are they reading now? What did they love? And what did they, uh, not love as much? Click over to the…
45: Heartwarming books for dire situations
Oct 18, 2016 • 45 min
Today’s guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Columbian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, “absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing…
44: Like speed dating, but with authors
Oct 11, 2016 • 55 min
Today we meet a indie bookstore owner and kindred bookish spirit, Annie Jones. In this episode, Anne and Annie talk about her wildly unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and the way meeting an author in person…
43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover
Oct 4, 2016 • 45 min
Today we’re happy to welcome reader and podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab…
42: Life’s too short to waste on bad books
Sep 27, 2016 • 44 min
Today we fellow podcaster Erik Fisher to the show! Erik is known as the productivity guru because of his wonderful podcast Beyond the To Do List, the first podcast Anne ever listened to, AND the first podcast she ever appeared on! Erik is a HUGE reader,…
41: The books we can’t wait to read this fall
Sep 21, 2016 • 19 min
Today’s bonus podcast episode of What Should I Read Next is focused on fall’s hot new releases. Bookstore owner Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor (from yesterday’s Ep 40—listen here!) and Anne talk about the titles we’ve read and are psyched about,…
40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous
Sep 20, 2016 • 42 min
When Anne first thought of starting a podcast, her bookstore-owning friend Holland Saltsman was one of the very first people she wanted to have on. And she was one of the first people Anne interviewed for the show. And the audio quality on that recording…
39: Judging a book by its first sentence
Sep 13, 2016 • 46 min
Today we welcome Melody Warnick to the show! She’s a Blacksburg-based author, who has been tracking her reading in an excel spreadsheet since 2004. If you find that intimidating, don’t worry—Melody’s not analytical about choosing what to read next (wait…
38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books
Sep 6, 2016 • 40 min
Today Anne chats with Anissa Davis, a family physician who lives with her family in California. She likes smart, funny, contemporary fiction with diverse protagonists, and she wants to be blown away by more books. Many of you will relate when Anissa says…
37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer
Aug 30, 2016 • 49 min
Kurt and Kristin are a husband and wife who want to read more together. Their question for Anne is a fun twist on a familiar theme — “What should WE read next?” Kristin has been a lifetime lover of books; Kurt has only recently become a serious reader…
36: Comfort food, but with books
Aug 23, 2016 • 35 min
It’s Tuesday, and time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next! Our guest today is Tiffany King, a dear friend you might know from her food blog, Eat At Home. Tiffany is a busy woman — a homeschool mom for 19 years, and the creator of her own…
35: Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches
Aug 16, 2016 • 25 min
Our guest today is Katherine Willis Pershey. Katherine is a friend whose taste Anne trusts: she’s recommended several excellent titles to Anne over the years (and we talk about a handful of those in this episode). Today it’s Anne’s turn to do the…
34: Books that marry fiction and reality
Aug 9, 2016 • 45 min
Our guest today is Rose Booth, a technology merchandising director and cinephile who sometimes “feels like she’s dating books.” Rose loves female protagonists who flout convention and books where reality meets fiction, but she’s also eager to fall in love…
33: What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?
Aug 2, 2016 • 35 min
Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with seven guests from the first twenty-three episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they love? What did they hate? (Because yeah,…
32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion
Jul 26, 2016 • 28 min
Today Anne chats with Julie Smith, who you may know from her delightful travel blog Drive on the Left. Julie is an enthusiastic reader. She’s also an American expat living in London, and while this sounds awfully glamorous, Anne was surprised to hear that…
31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living
Jul 19, 2016 • 45 min
Today Anne chats with Adam Verner. Adam reads for a living — literally. When he was a kid and people asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up he’d say read books. So Adam grew up and turned his theatrical background into a job as a professional…
30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder
Jul 12, 2016 • 45 min
Today Anne chats with Amy Johnson, who grew up in a big family in a small town in rural Colorado. (Amy says there were literally more books in her home than people in her town.) These days, Amy lives in Salt Lake City with her family, and describes…
29: Work, money, love, and mystery
Jul 5, 2016 • 40 min
Today Anne chats with Stacey Loscalzo, a mother of two girls, book reviewer for Great New Books, and former reading specialist in New Jersey, just outside New York City. Stacey always has a book going, and she’s looking for titles that will compel her to…
28: Books that no one’s writing about in Entertainment Weekly
Jun 28, 2016 • 39 min
Today Anne chats with Andrea Griffith, a former medical librarian, mom of two daughters, and independent bookstore owner, and she came to me with a plea: she misses reading at whim, is craving depth, and wants help finding great books that aren’t…
27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)
Jun 21, 2016 • 37 min
Today Anne chats with Kendra Adachi, who you may know from her blog, The Lazy Genius Collective, or her Lazy Genius podcast. She’s a mom of three in North Carolina who wants to find books that are good enough to make her turn off the tv, which is saying…
26: Great adventure books
Jun 14, 2016 • 22 min
Today’s guest is Tim Gardner. Tim’s wife Emily contacted Anne and asked if she could do a little literary matchmaking for Tim. They’d both realized that a little reading break at the end of the work day made for a smoother transition between work and…
25: Very personal stories
Jun 7, 2016 • 34 min
Today I’m talking with Breanne Mosher, a self-described history nerd and travel lover who lives in Nova Scotia with her family. She documents her family’s adventures (with beautiful photos) at This Vintage Moment, where she explores the everyday…
24: Life-changing books
May 31, 2016 • 23 min
Today’s guest is Malisa Price, a mom of two who lives in Raleigh, and she’s a regular reader who does it for the love of it, not for her job, although not that long ago she didn’t consider herself a reader at all. Anne and Malisa talk about her tipping…
23: Honeymoon reading
May 24, 2016 • 27 min
Today Anne chats with Mallory Rees, who’s getting married next month and is looking for good books to take on her honeymoon. Regardless of your marital status, you’ll enjoy this one if you love a good pageturner—or if you’ve ever taken, or want to take, a…
22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)
May 17, 2016 • 29 min
It’s finally happening! Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with six guests from the first ten episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they think about them? And what…
21: The books that made you fall in love with reading
May 13, 2016 • 19 min
For today’s bonus episode we have a very special guest: Anne chats with her 8-year-old daughter Lucy. Lucy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her parents and her three siblings. She’s a third grader who loves music, sports, and all kinds of animals, and…
20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads
May 10, 2016 • 20 min
Today’s guest is Sarah Russell Giglio. Sarah lives in Shreveport, Louisiana: she’s a newlywed who loves cooking and The Bachelor and Bachelorette, and by day she’s a criminal defense attorney. In this episode, Anne and Sarah talk about big fat books and a…
19: Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English
May 3, 2016 • 37 min
Today Anne chats with Brian Sztabnik, an English teacher, basketball coach, and podcaster who lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons. Anne and Brian discuss great literary fiction, books about creative pursuits, reading with others, and high…
18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place
Apr 26, 2016 • 41 min
Today Anne chats with Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours. Jessica lives in Nashville with her family, where she works full time outside the home and blogs regularly at The Mom Creative. Of all the guests I’ve talked to,…
17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books
Apr 19, 2016 • 33 min
Today Anne talks with Andrea Cumbo-Floyd, a writer, teacher, editor, and farmer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. (“Sometimes more of one of those than the other,” she says.) Andi is the author of Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day…
16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction
Apr 12, 2016 • 29 min
Today Anne chats with Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago. Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. Anne also chats a bit…
15: The audacity to tell people what to read
Apr 9, 2016 • 37 min
Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of SheReads.org, an online reading site and book club for women. Under Marybeth and Ariel’s leadership, She Reads does a terrific job of highlighting excellent titles you’ve never heard of. These women are…
14: A snob-free approach to reading
Apr 5, 2016 • 46 min
Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children’s author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico. Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline’s very favorite genre, why…
13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir
Mar 29, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode Anne chats with Ed Cyzewski, author of multiple books including Pray, Write, Grow, Creating Space, Write without Crushing Your Soul, and A Path to Publishing. Anne and Ed discuss memoir, creativity, and how chronic fatigue from sleepless…
12: Life is hard - but reading doesn’t have to be
Mar 21, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode Anne chats with Cara Strickland, a writer, food critic, and anxious cook who lives in the Pacific Northwest. This episode covers a lot of ground: Anne and Cara discuss singleness, sense of place, British chick lit, book boundaries, and of…
11: What’s going on beneath the surface
Mar 15, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode Anne chats with Meredith Schwartz, a self-described Type A, INFJ, and unapologetic listmaker who is trying desperately (and a big compulsively) to hold together all the crazy aspects of her life. There’s nothing vanilla about Meredith: she…
10: You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon
Mar 8, 2016 • 40 min
In this episode Anne chats with Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the blog Everyday Reading, former children’s librarian, and modern mother who’s raising her three kids to be readers. In this episode Anne and Janssen talk about how Janssen reads books like…
9: The reality of bookworm problems
Mar 1, 2016 • 27 min
In this episode Anne chats with fellow bookworm Leigh Kramer. In addition to being a full-time book nerd, Leigh is a San Francisco resident, fried pickle connoisseur, and lifetime White Sox fan. Anne and Leigh discuss the “nearly perfect novel” that Leigh…
8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel
Feb 23, 2016 • 25 min
Anne talks to Preston Yancey about the power of reading, English major favorites, his deep and abiding love for chick lit, and what makes a great YA novel. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave…
7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that “hook” you, and filling the Brown Girls’ Bookshelf
Feb 16, 2016 • 32 min
Anne talks to Osheta Moore about falling down the rabbit hole of reading recommendations, her really weird interest in fanfiction, and the significance of her Brown Girls’ Bookshelf. And of course they discuss what Osheta should read next. Click over to…
6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well
Feb 9, 2016 • 38 min
Anne talks to Tsh Oxenreider about the importance of where she reads, author stories on and off the page, books for book nerds, and her love of simple stories well told. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this…
5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you
Feb 2, 2016 • 30 min
Anne talks with author and speaker Deidra Riggs, whose book, Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, was published last October. Anne and Deidra discuss Deidra’s wonderful childhood memories of reading, why she chose one of…
4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction
Jan 26, 2016 • 32 min
Anne talks with attorney, blogger, and author Seth Haines, whose first work, Coming Clean. Anne and Seth have a great conversation about reading as escape, how they both hate so many books, first editions clubs, reading for the morning/noon/and night,…
3: Books that “smart” people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey
Jan 19, 2016 • 28 min
Today’s guest is Jacey Verdicchio from the Around The Table podcast. Anne and Jacey discuss books that make you feel smart / not-so-smart, and the inner battle between reading what you love vs. reading what you feel like you should love. Anne recommends…
2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for
Jan 10, 2016 • 18 min
Anne chats with Sarah Kohrnak of the Brilliant Business Moms about the perils of high expectations, characters that you can root for, and what she should be reading next. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this…
1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)
Jan 10, 2016 • 24 min
Anne chats with Jamie Golden about books that provoke visceral reactions, books that inspire blissful crying jags and sleepless nights, and what books she should read next. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this…