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

Episode description

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 place for a long time to come. 

They also discuss travel, reading goals, book organization (see her gorgeous "favorites bookshelf" on the shownotes page of our site), and much much more.

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode:

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

November 18th, 2016


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

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

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

November 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 …

Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake

November 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! …

Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"

November 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 …

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

October 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 …

Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations

October 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 …

Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors

October 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 …

Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover

October 4th, 2016


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

September 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, …

Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall

September 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 …

Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous

September 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. …

Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence

September 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 …

Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books

September 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. …

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

August 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 …

Ep 36: Comfort food, but with books

August 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, 

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

August 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 …

Ep 34: Books that marry fiction and reality

August 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 …

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

August 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? …

Ep 32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion

July 26th, 2016


Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living

July 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 …

Ep 30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder

July 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 …

Ep 29: Work, money, love, and mystery

July 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 …

Ep 28: Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly

June 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 …

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

June 21st, 2016


Ep 26: Great adventure books

June 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 …

Ep 25: Very personal stories

June 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 …

Ep 24: Life-changing books

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, …

Ep 23: Honeymoon reading

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 …

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

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 …

Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading

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 …

Ep 20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads

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 …

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

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, …

Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place

April 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 …

Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books

April 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 SecretsThe …

Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction

April 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, …

Ep 15: The audacity to tell people what to read

April 9th, 2016


Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of, 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 …

Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading

April 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 …

Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir

March 29th, 2016


Ep 12: Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be

March 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 …

Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface

March 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 …

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

March 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 …

Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems

March 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 …

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

February 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 …

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

February 16th, 2016


Anne talks to Osheta Moore about falling down the rabbit hole of reading recommendations, her really weird interest in fanfiction, and the …

Ep 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well

February 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 …

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

February 2nd, 2016


Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction

January 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 …

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

January 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 …

Ep 2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for

January 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 …

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

January 10th, 2016


Anne chats with Jamie Golden about books that provoke visceral reactions, books that inspire blissful crying jags and sleepless nights, and what …

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