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What Should I Read Next?

Anne Bogel | Wondery

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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 t...Show More
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Ep 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read

53:44 | Dec 4th, 2018

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 sear...Show More
Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence

46:27 | Sep 13th, 2016

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 (...Show More
Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors

55:35 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 p...Show More
Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall

19:18 | Sep 21st, 2016

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 abo...Show More
Ep 28: Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly

39:50 | Jun 28th, 2016

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 rel...Show More
Ep 197: Rebuilding a bookshelf in Paradise, California

50:29 | Aug 20th

Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves ar...Show More
Ep 196: What the cool kids are reading

52:25 | Aug 13th

Imaginative reader Anudeep seeks Anne's help finding escapist books that will sweep him away to another world.
Ep 195: Wanted: book enthusiast at large

55:02 | Aug 6th

Today’s guest Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, bookseller, and a big fan of memoirs of people living “everyday lives”. She certainly has experience with an interesting “everyday life” as a Book Enthusiast at Large—yes, that is her job title—for Pa...Show More
Ep 194: No plot, no problem!

50:51 | Jul 30th

For Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. She also spent a year roaming a hotel, doing a job that sounds like it belongs in the...Show More
Ep 193: Rolling the dice on your next read

54:23 | Jul 23rd

Keren Form is a self-professed mega nerd who loves everything from LOTR, and board games, and epic science fiction. Today, Keren and Anne chat about what it really means to be a nerd, and how her wholehearted enthusiasm has sent her on many life-enri...Show More
Ep 192: Wherever you read, I will follow

57:30 | Jul 16th

Rita and Xoe Amer are a mother-daughter duo who have bonded over books since Xoe was young. She’s all grown up now, but the shared love of reading remains. Today Anne, Rita & Xoe discuss their reading and writing roots, hidden literary gems from the...Show More
Ep 191: When a great book wrecks your reading life

36:26 | Jul 9th

Anne helps a reader OBSESSED with one mega-popular book series to the exclusion of all other reading options.
Ep 190: There's nothing like a little bookish momentum

46:10 | Jul 2nd

Anne gives a jump-start to a newly retired woman's expanding reading life.
Ep 189: Our favorite genre is chapter books

56:38 | Jun 25th

Today’s guests Brenna Sherrill & Ryan Pait describe themselves as platonic soulmates, book-loving best friends who grew up together, went to school together, read together (sometimes out loud!) and even live together. Today Anne, Brenna, and Ryan ch...Show More
Ep 188: Books, plants, and literal bibliotherapy

44:12 | Jun 18th

Today, we meet Michelle Moreno, who I hope will inspire anyone out there who wants to make their bookstore dreams a reality. Anne got to talk to Michelle right after her very first pop-up shop, while she was still on the high of her first time puttin...Show More
Ep 187: Traveling the world without leaving your hometown

54:09 | Jun 4th

Hannah Christmas is a stay at home mom whose reading life changed forever when she had a baby. Not only how much she read, or when she read, but the big-picture long-term-plan way she wanted to share her love of reading with the world. Today Anne an...Show More
Ep 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you

50:41 | May 28th

Lamar Giles joins Anne to chat about his two great literary loves: children’s books, and... horror novelist Stephen King? If you don’t think those things go together, Lamar is prepared to talk you into changing your mind, and maybe about more than ju...Show More
Ep 185: What should you read this summer?

52:51 | May 21st

Most weeks on What Should I Read Next, I’ll do a little literary matchmaking with one guest… but this week, I’m joined by the show's producer, Brenna Frederick, to hook SEVERAL What Should I Read Next listeners up with their perfect Summer read. Cli...Show More
Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long

08:21 | May 20th

What Should I Read Next listeners, today we're introducing you to a new podcast called Life is Short with Justin Long. Actor Justin Long (Ed, Dodgeball, The Breakup, He's Just Not That Into You) sits down with some of today’s most interesting persona...Show More
Ep 184: You’ll never conquer your TBR—and that’s a good thing

46:44 | May 14th

Today’s guest is Will Schwalbe, devoted reader and host of the But That's Another Story podcast. Will believes if we all asked the question “what are you reading” more often, it could change the world, and has a few absolutely delightful literary sup...Show More
Ep 183: Baking, books, and other everyday magic

58:56 | May 7th

Anne and guest Karuna Riazi chat about magical realism, reading at weddings, middle grade literature, and perfectionist-proof book journaling.
Ep 182: Matching the right (audio)book to the right listener

53:16 | Apr 30th

Anne and guest Michele chat about the delightful experience of "reading with your ears", and recommend audiobooks to WSIRN listeners.
Ep 181: Taking your reading life from good to great

58:35 | Apr 23rd

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 p...Show More
Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year

57:45 | Apr 16th

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 ...Show More
Ep 179: Life is short & my TBR is way too long

47:00 | Apr 9th

Anne helps an introverted reader find a sensical through-line in her eclectic reading habits.
One Great Book Trailer

02:49 | Apr 2nd

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 fo...Show More
Ep 178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life

57:42 | Apr 2nd

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...Show More
Ep 177: When your reading life is a roller coaster

46:39 | Mar 26th

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...Show More
Ep 176: Books in the freezer, & other horror stories

51:19 | Mar 19th

Anne goes out of her comfort zone, recommending creepy comfort reads to horror lover Mallory O'Meara.
Ep 175: Your library called and they want their books back

44:16 | Mar 12th

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 deci...Show More
Ep 174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read

37:57 | Mar 5th

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 compe...Show More
Ep 173: Clocking in at the reading factory

49:19 | Feb 26th

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...Show More
Ep 172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?

44:12 | Feb 19th

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...Show More
Ep 171: A podcaster, a barrister, and a joiner walk into a bookstore

39:27 | Feb 12th

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.
Ep 170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader

46:16 | Feb 5th

Cult survivor Anna LeBaron shares how literacy saved her life, and Anne recommends novels that won't feel like a waste of time.
Ep 169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways

54:35 | Jan 29th

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.
Ep 168: A century of good books (in a single year)

47:48 | Jan 22nd

Anne recommends books to a reader who is challenging herself to read 1 book from each of the past 100 years in 2019.
Ep 167: Reading is supposed to be FUN

43:53 | Jan 15th

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.
Ep 166: Just don't call it a book club

44:28 | Jan 8th

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.
Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die

54:42 | Jan 1st

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.
Ep 164: The couple that reads together ... needs to find books they'll both LOVE

43:37 | Dec 18th, 2018

A history buff husband and English teacher wife ask Anne to connect the dots between their disparate reading tastes.
Ep 163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors

31:16 | Dec 11th, 2018

Anne recommends books to a nature lover who takes her reading on the trail.
Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist

1:08:27 | Nov 27th, 2018

Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand joins Anne to recommend literary gifts for listener's loved ones.
Ep 160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life

37:40 | Nov 20th, 2018

Anne recommends quirky, serendipitous reads to author John Cohen, and digs into his past as a nurse and screenwriter.
Ep 159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever

45:36 | Nov 13th, 2018

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.
Ep 158: The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf

54:53 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Ep 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read

49:31 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 some...Show More
Ep 156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf

42:17 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 155: When stolen audible credits spur a beautiful bookish relationship

39:25 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 Br...Show More
Ep 154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them

54:43 | Oct 9th, 2018

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-re...Show More
Ep 153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time

40:32 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 152: Under-appreciated books that may be perfect for your TBR

51:25 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist

57:06 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 c...Show More
Ep 150: I have a confession... I'm not a reader

45:57 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 teen...Show More
Ep 149: Ask Anne Anything

46:49 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 p...Show More
Ep 148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)

45:31 | Aug 28th, 2018

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 g...Show More
Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time

49:42 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 ch...Show More
Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card

56:42 | Aug 14th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 145: Confess Your Literary Sins

15:19 | Aug 10th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.

52:05 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 bestse...Show More
Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read

44:50 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 An...Show More
Ep 142: The moment you became a reader

33:52 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book

50:07 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?

50:26 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 identi...Show More
Ep 139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN

49:20 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 st...Show More
Ep 138: The Librarians Are In!

53:57 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 shi...Show More
Ep 137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times

41:44 | Jun 19th, 2018

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: gr...Show More
Ep 136: One Great Book

13:02 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect

48:57 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 yo...Show More
Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge

29:46 | May 29th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 133: Authors who get where you're coming from

55:44 | May 22nd, 2018

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 happ...Show More
Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer

50:57 | May 15th, 2018

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 bo...Show More
Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen

48:43 | May 8th, 2018

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 her...Show More
Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers

42:20 | May 1st, 2018

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 fema...Show More
Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)

49:52 | Apr 24th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot

42:52 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 fo...Show More
Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)

42:58 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 tal...Show More
Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart

40:51 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 star...Show More
Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict

33:31 | Mar 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own

59:18 | Mar 20th, 2018

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 recommen...Show More
Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)

39:05 | Mar 13th, 2018

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 remed...Show More
Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library

59:49 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 l...Show More
Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book

52:39 | Feb 27th, 2018

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 tim...Show More
Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things

50:40 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 bet...Show More
Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough

54:42 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 l...Show More
Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family

59:36 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 lit...Show More
Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly

40:20 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Introducing Women's Work

14:21 | Jan 25th, 2018

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new podcast from my friend Tsh Oxenreider. You may know Tsh from her podcast The Simple Show--or you may know her from this podcast where she was a guest way, way back in episode 6. In this new podca...Show More
Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds

52:49 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections

1:09:24 | Jan 16th, 2018

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-ho...Show More
Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves

31:49 | Jan 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 112: Your best reading year yet

51:40 | Jan 2nd, 2018

"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...Show More
Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club

54:59 | Dec 26th, 2017

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 t...Show More
Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies

1:02:02 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 tw...Show More
Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst

47:33 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 becam...Show More
Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville

34:15 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 litera...Show More
Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list

48:41 | Nov 28th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience

30:55 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 ch...Show More
Bonus: Thanksgiving Binge

07:00 | Nov 16th, 2017

Anne chats with Eric Zimmer of The One You Feed about their favorite episodes on each other's podcasts! Feast on these shows @ www.Wondery.com/Thanksgiving   What Should I Read Next? Binge: The Popcast with Knox and Jamie - Ep 212 The Nos of So...Show More
Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better

1:00:47 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 readin...Show More
Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back

48:35 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 rea...Show More
Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes

48:58 | Oct 31st, 2017

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 st...Show More
Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters

54:11 | Oct 24th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 101: What Anne wishes she'd known (100 episodes later)

1:08:16 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 100: When everyone loves that book but you

57:42 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 late...Show More
Ep 99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)

59:50 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 lit...Show More
Ep 98: Loving that literary lifestyle

53:27 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 97: How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves

26:24 | Sep 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 96: Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!

34:57 | Sep 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 95: Really weird stories you should totally read

51:39 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 chan...Show More
Ep 94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)

49:17 | Sep 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 93: Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling

47:47 | Aug 29th, 2017

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 profe...Show More
Ep 92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list

48:39 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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 retu...Show More
Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending

45:07 | Aug 8th, 2017

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 re-in...Show More
Ep 90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)

43:24 | Aug 1st, 2017

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 h...Show More
Ep 89: Ask Anne Anything!

45:30 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 wor...Show More
Ep 88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine

47:03 | Jul 18th, 2017

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 to...Show More
Ep 87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret

44:47 | Jul 11th, 2017

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 playe...Show More
Ep 86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers

46:19 | Jul 4th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 84: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)

58:38 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 84: You know you're a Serious Reader when...

46:03 | Jun 20th, 2017

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! ...Show More
Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip

45:02 | Jun 13th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels

53:03 | Jun 6th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 81: The suspense is thrilling me

44:12 | May 30th, 2017

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 th...Show More
Ep 80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life

47:22 | May 23rd, 2017

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 co...Show More
Ep 79: The books we can't wait to read this summer

38:31 | May 16th, 2017

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 i...Show More
Ep 78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time

44:38 | May 9th, 2017

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 sa...Show More
Ep 77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner

47:46 | May 2nd, 2017

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 th...Show More
Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)

1:32:35 | Apr 25th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 75: If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read

1:00:53 | Apr 18th, 2017

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 Mon...Show More
Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!

40:09 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 73: Don't judge a person by their (book) cover

50:40 | Apr 4th, 2017

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 mos...Show More
Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions

48:19 | Mar 28th, 2017

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 delve...Show More
Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse

42:35 | Mar 21st, 2017

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 a...Show More
Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about

43:45 | Mar 14th, 2017

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 privat...Show More
Ep 69: The library is running my life

51:22 | Mar 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 68: Plot summaries are the WORST

41:06 | Feb 28th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time

39:19 | Feb 21st, 2017

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 marri...Show More
Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop

46:45 | Feb 14th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime

39:38 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 cur...Show More
Ep 64: The next best thing to reading

58:49 | Jan 31st, 2017

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' favor...Show More
Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone

46:39 | Jan 24th, 2017

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 t...Show More
Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...

1:00:55 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 o...Show More
Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...

40:18 | Jan 10th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it

50:37 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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, an...Show More
Ep 59: Prescribing books for what ails you

47:29 | Dec 27th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 58: "You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters

51:09 | Dec 20th, 2016

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 uncon...Show More
Ep 57: What's your reading personality?

29:55 | Dec 13th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 56: There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays

48:11 | Dec 6th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 55: Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen's 5x great niece)

30:37 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 J...Show More
Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?

43:40 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 53: The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)

24:06 | Nov 18th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 52: There's nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)

31:05 | Nov 17th, 2016

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-...Show More
Ep 51: Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)

34:19 | Nov 16th, 2016

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 childre...Show More
Ep 50: Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)

36:26 | Nov 15th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)

45:05 | Nov 14th, 2016

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 li...Show More
Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake

45:35 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 lite...Show More
Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"

28:51 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)

23:22 | Oct 25th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations

45:05 | Oct 18th, 2016

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 gr...Show More
Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover

45:20 | Oct 4th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 42: Life's too short to waste on bad books

44:35 | Sep 27th, 2016

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 re...Show More
Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous

42:18 | Sep 20th, 2016

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 recor...Show More
Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books

40:42 | Sep 6th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer

49:17 | Aug 30th, 2016

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 read...Show More
Ep 36: Comfort food, but with books

35:10 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 35: Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches

25:55 | Aug 16th, 2016

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 rec...Show More
Ep 34: Books that marry fiction and reality

45:19 | Aug 9th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 33: What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?

35:15 | Aug 2nd, 2016

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 y...Show More
Ep 32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion

28:04 | Jul 26th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living

45:16 | Jul 19th, 2016

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 professiona...Show More
Ep 30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder

45:46 | Jul 12th, 2016

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 h...Show More
Ep 29: Work, money, love, and mystery

40:25 | Jul 5th, 2016

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 he...Show More
Ep 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)

37:41 | Jun 21st, 2016

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 say...Show More
Ep 26: Great adventure books

22:21 | Jun 14th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 25: Very personal stories

34:08 | Jun 7th, 2016

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 extr...Show More
Ep 24: Life-changing books

23:21 | May 31st, 2016

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 tippi...Show More
Ep 23: Honeymoon reading

27:05 | May 24th, 2016

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 t...Show More
Ep 22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)

29:54 | May 17th, 2016

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 w...Show More
Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading

19:34 | May 13th, 2016

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, ...Show More
Ep 20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads

20:17 | May 10th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 19: Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English

37:07 | May 3rd, 2016

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 hig...Show More
Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place

41:02 | Apr 26th, 2016

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, J...Show More
Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books

33:58 | Apr 19th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction

29:58 | Apr 12th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 15: The audacity to tell people what to read

37:57 | Apr 9th, 2016

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 wom...Show More
Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading

46:01 | Apr 5th, 2016

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,...Show More
Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir

31:00 | Mar 29th, 2016

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 sleep...Show More
Ep 12: Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be

30:05 | Mar 21st, 2016

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, an...Show More
Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface

38:39 | Mar 15th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 10: You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon

40:16 | Mar 8th, 2016

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 li...Show More
Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems

27:54 | Mar 1st, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel

25:05 | Feb 23rd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that "hook" you, and filling the Brown Girls' Bookshelf

32:52 | Feb 16th, 2016

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 ov...Show More
Ep 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well

38:17 | Feb 9th, 2016

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 thi...Show More
Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you

30:14 | Feb 2nd, 2016

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 on...Show More
Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction

32:43 | Jan 26th, 2016

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 nigh...Show More
Ep 3: Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey

28:27 | Jan 19th, 2016

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 recomm...Show More
Ep 2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for

18:55 | Jan 10th, 2016

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 thi...Show More
Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)

24:22 | Jan 10th, 2016

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 t...Show More