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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,… read more

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Ep 300: How good it is to be among people who are reading!

September 21st, 2021

50:48

If you've listened in to any—or all!— of our past 300 episodes, you've heard conversations with readers and authors, booksellers and book club …

Ep 299: Playing genre hopscotch

September 14th, 2021

57:39

Readers, we know it can be tricky to break out of a reading rut, and sometimes it takes a nudge from a friend to try something new.

Michael Clark has a good handle on what he loves to read. From beach reads that don't …

Ep 298: A reading life without regrets

September 7th, 2021

57:33

Today's guest loves Jane Austen, but that's just the beginning for our conversation today.

Cristina Griffin's work life as an English professor often overlaps with her personal love of reading for pure fun! She's drawn …

Ep 297: Right book, wrong time

August 31st, 2021

37:26

Readers, today’s guest is on the hunt for complex, thought-provoking, and timeless books that have something to say about topics she cares about today.

Maria Carrera lives in Spain, where she teaches English language. …

Ep 296: Backlist and brunch

August 24th, 2021

49:55

Readers, today’s guest knows that she’s overlooked some amazing books over the last ten years, but she needs a little help to figure out which ones to pick up now. 

Amber Burns loves discovering something new in the …

Ep 295: Unleash your pent-up book energy

August 17th, 2021

44:07

Readers, after a move today’s guest craved community and an outlet for her “pent-up book energy.”

She started a book club in her new neighborhood and quickly discovered getting started wasn’t as hard as she thought it …

Ep 294: Dickens ruined my reading life

August 10th, 2021

40:06

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a teenager on the show—and today’s guest isn’t here to talk about YA. Katie Guenthner has long been reading classics, historical nonfiction, and the most formidable books she can …

Ep 293: Streamline your (digital) TBR

August 3rd, 2021

53:13

As a city planner in Calgary, Caylee Dyck knows how to problem solve and prioritize in order to create better communities and a more liveable

Ep 292: A life-changing library trip

July 27th, 2021

51:40

Regular listeners know good book talk often blends the heavy and the light—and that is certainly true for today's show. Today's episode is tons of …

Ep 291: The best books of summer (so far)

July 20th, 2021

58:16

Behind the scenes at What Should I Read Next? and Modern Mrs. Darcy, we have a team of readers who are bursting with bookish enthusiasm.

Our producer …

Ep 290: Fiction is my oldest friend

July 13th, 2021

48:16

Today’s guest describes herself as a serial starter who might have started up to 10 books before finishing one. She even keeps moving through several books at once by reading different genres at different times of the …

Ep 289: A ridiculous plan to read more books

June 29th, 2021

50:53

Today’s guest created a unique plan to help him tackle the books one “must read before they die,” but now he’s looking for less planning and more bookish serendipity. 

Author, blogger, and podcaster Neil Pasricha hosts …

Ep 288: Looking for that WOW! factor

June 22nd, 2021

47:14

Are you a book collector? Today's guest has a bookshelf full of vintage beauty guidebooks, and though she considers this a separate part of her …

Ep 287: I want to be where the readers are

June 15th, 2021

51:38

Today's guest loves discussing books just as much as she enjoys reading them. She's ready to swap spicy opinions and share book recommendations with her fellow readers, but she hasn't found those fellow readers just yet.

Ep 286: How to find those hidden gems

June 8th, 2021

46:50

If you've been listening to podcasts or tearing through a new series on Netflix instead of picking up a book, we're here to cheer you on (really)! Different forms of art and storytelling can be a refreshing change of …

Ep 285: Books that leave you speechless

June 1st, 2021

53:32

Even though reading is a solitary activity, you’re never truly alone as a reader. You’re never the only reader who prefers dog-eared pages to …

Ep 284: I need an irresistible read this summer

May 25th, 2021

48:18

Over the last year, we’ve talked to readers who voraciously devour romance, mystery, and graphic novels to escape real life—and readers who struggle to pick up a single book, even if they know it’s one they’ll love. …

Ep 283: Don't save the good stuff

May 18th, 2021

58:29

This episode has literally been years in the making: today I'm thrilled to welcome Ginger Horton, our Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club community manager, to the show!

The 2021 Summer Reading Guide is about to drop, and in …

Ep 282: I’m a little bit obsessed with reading

May 11th, 2021

54:44

I think many of you will relate when you hear today's guest say he’s “a little bit obsessed with books.” This is definitely a good thing for Jeremy Anderberg because not only is reading a source of enjoyment and …

Ep 281: Authors who make you feel seen

May 4th, 2021

57:18

Lecturer, author, and researcher Heather Williams has left trails of books across the globe as she travels for work, but today she’s bringing us …

Ep 280: Epic journeys, untold stories & guaranteed great reads

April 27th, 2021

43:26

After becoming an avid WSIRN listener, today's guest realized she was watching less TV and reading more books. To keep her momentum going, she connected with other listeners, found her favorite reading categories, and …

Ep 279: Read these books when you need a good cry

April 20th, 2021

44:24

Over the years Ahtoosa Dale sent in multiple submissions to be on What Should I Read Next, each one reflecting her ever-evolving reading taste. Since …

Ep 278: The Art of cheat reading

April 13th, 2021

51:20

Mindy Mejia enjoys propulsive, fast-paced books with strong characters—and she writes them, too! Mindy writes thrillers, or as she calls them …

Ep 277: Books that feel like a vacation for your brain

April 6th, 2021

35:26

Today Anne is talking with Jake Sloofman, an arborist living in Brooklyn. They discuss his big reading goal, the pressure to read “serious literature,” and how to alternate light and heavy reads for a balanced reading …

Ep 276: Exquisite, evocative novels

March 23rd, 2021

47:00

Podcast producer and PhD student Sara Aeder always finds time for reading, thanks to audiobooks and a passion for turning the pages. She has a special fondness for books that explore the “exquisite pain of a teenage …

Ep 275: How many book clubs is too many book clubs?

March 16th, 2021

47:18

How do you manage your reading life when you have many books you NEED to read, and many more you'd LIKE to read, just for you? In today's episode we're diving into that question with Brigid Misselhorn, a self-described …

Ep 274: #Bookstagram made me do it

March 9th, 2021

37:17

Readers, the origin story for today’s episode might make you swoon. It all started with a conversation on Instagram, where Anne got a message from one incredibly intentional boyfriend hoping to make some bookish dreams …

Ep 273: Realism, redemption, and reading across generations

March 2nd, 2021

45:50

Readers, today’s show is a de-light. We have had mother-daughter duos on the show and even a father-daughter duo with Ashley and Brent from episode 155, but today Anne talks with Rebekah and Beverly, our first …

Ep 272: I loved the library before it was cool

February 23rd, 2021

36:40

Today Anne's guest is an Alabama teacher whose love of reading has touched every aspect of his life—from where he met his wife to the theme of his classroom today. Derek is a MATH teacher but he puts his reading right …

Ep 271: Because sometimes a 4.75 star rating feels right

February 16th, 2021

51:12

How do you track your reading life? Today's guest has a whole new system of book tracking and reviewing to share. Anne is talking with Nadia Odunayo, …

EP 270: When you NEED a season of low-stress reading

February 9th, 2021

39:55

Readers, in today's podcast episode, I’m talking with graphic memoirist and comic creator Lucy Knisley. We chat about her overflowing bookshelves, the pleasures and pitfalls of the creative process, what makes the …

Ep 269: Your friendly neighborhood literary society

February 2nd, 2021

42:53

Today’s guest is Tiffany Patterson, a Florida reader who created a new kind of literary get-together that is convincing her not-so-readerly friends to give books and reading a chance. She breaks down all the details of …

Ep 268: Our team's best books of the year

January 26th, 2021

50:27

At the end of last year we hosted a virtual book party in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club to celebrate our favorite books of the year. The whole What …

Ep 267: Lush, beautiful, and a pleasure to read

January 19th, 2021

52:17

Our guest today is an economist and literature enthusiast based in London, England. A well-traveled reader in every sense, Stephanie De Mel has lived …

Ep 266: Ask Anne Anything: Re-reads, reviews, and recommendation regrets

January 12th, 2021

58:12

Readers, it’s the 5th anniversary of What Should I Read Next! Today I'm answering YOUR questions about WSIRN's behind-the-scenes, my personal reading …

Ep 265: 10 questions to ask yourself about your reading life

January 5th, 2021

1:10:30

Readers, we’re kicking off the new year with a special episode to help you set the right tone for your reading life in 2021. My friend Laura Tremaine is joining me to guide us in some readerly introspection. Laura hosts …

Ep 264: Compulsively readable literary fiction

December 22nd, 2020

46:04

Anne's challenge today is to share recommendations for books with unique and artful structures.

Today's guest is a Chicago-based mood reader with a …

Ep 263: It's okay to quit reading

December 15th, 2020

48:16

Today’s guest also loves giving recommendations—to her boss, to her mom, and to strangers standing in the book aisle at Target. For Jenica Salazar, nothing is more satisfying than recommending the right book to the …

Ep 262: Books that deliver a little depth, a little distraction

December 8th, 2020

48:26

Today’s guest tells a familiar story: he loved reading as a kid, but as an adult without a Scholastic book fair to look forward to, he fell into the …

Ep 261: Huggable comfort reads for a cozy reading season

December 1st, 2020

49:48

Readers have asked us for “comfort reads” over and over again this year — and it's totally understandable. “Comfort read” means something different to every reader, but if you’re looking for books that slow your heart …

Ep 260: A little free library with a life of its own

November 24th, 2020

52:09

Sara Jones takes her role as “neighborhood library curator” seriously. In addition to selecting books for her own reading life, Sara Jones carefully …

Ep 259: The formula for a 5-star read

November 17th, 2020

52:09

The sci-fi genre feels like home, but Emily Van Ark also enjoys books in any genre that deliver on a fabulous premise. In her day job as a data …

Ep 258: Reading for peace, joy, and escapism

November 10th, 2020

52:04

Reading for pure escapism means something different for every reader. Some of us turn to puzzle-like mysteries, some of us immerse ourselves in …

Ep 257: Let’s build your holiday book list

November 3rd, 2020

1:00:04

Our annual holiday recommendations episode is here! A few weeks ago, you called us with your bookish gift buying questions and dilemmas, and today …

Ep 256: The perks and pitfalls of omnivorous reading

October 27th, 2020

49:06

Reader Cliff Cullen was in the middle of his best reading year ever when...the pandemic hit. His one-time favorite reading habits, like listening to …

Ep 255: Spine-tingling reads for a confirmed scaredy-cat

October 20th, 2020

55:50

Valencia Taylor is self-proclaimed book-pusher looking for reads that fall on the line between just-spooky-enough and way-too-scary, compelling stories that teach her something new about the world, and a way to keep …

Ep 254: A plethora of political(ish) book recs

October 13th, 2020

1:06:37

Anne is joined by Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers of Pantsuit Politics podcast to discuss fiction and nonfiction recommendations that have …

Ep 253: A whole bunch of book recs, from our team of readers to you

September 29th, 2020

44:28

Hey readers! Get your TBRs ready, because today’s episode contains a TON of book titles for a wide array of reading tastes, from a few voices which might sound familiar if you’ve been a long-time WSIRN listener.

A few …

Ep 252: Books that send you racing to Google

September 22nd, 2020

39:14

Today's guest wants surprising books with unique story structures, new information, and plot twists that will make her say, “what did I just read?” Shelly Akins is a proud Arizonian who is always reading. And when she …

Ep 251: I love books and books love me back

September 15th, 2020

47:13

Today’s guest is a self-proclaimed “book glutton” who reads in between everyday moments at home, at work, and even while she’s walking. Grettel Castro is a biostatistician living in Miami, Florida. She emigrated to the …

Ep 250: I want a book that reads like a love letter

September 8th, 2020

47:30

Today’s guest has a story that sounds like the beginning of a juicy historical fiction novel.

As a teenager, Liz Maguire came across a batch of 1920s love letters at a flea market. This launched an obsession with …

Ep 249: Who would read the dictionary for fun? (we would)

September 1st, 2020

53:13

An encounter with The Baby-Sitters Club #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day launched today's guest into a lifelong love of reading AND a special fondness for middle grade novels. Afoma Umesi is a freelance writer, editor, and …

Ep 248: Reading on island time

August 25th, 2020

46:51

Today I’m talking with Jennifer Cordeiro, who lives in Bermuda, a small island with two bookstores and one library. Jennifer has encountered her fair share of #bookwormproblems, both in her own reading life and in her …

Ep 247: Finding the common thread in two friends' wildly different TBRs

August 18th, 2020

58:39

Today's episode is all about the joy of reading in relationships. Our guests Emma Gorin and Dinah Fay have been friends since 9th grade—that’s over 20 years. They haven’t always kept in touch as much as they'd like to, …

Ep 246: Does your reading life need a mid-year checkup?

August 11th, 2020

57:53

On today's episode Anne helps Courtney Wallace, a Cincinnati reader, with a reading practice we hear surprisingly little about—her recent mid-year checkup on her reading goals. Lots of people talk about goals for the …

Ep 245: Finding the right mix for your reading life

August 4th, 2020

1:00:43

Over the years, Anne has been called many thing–podcaster, author, and now... Book Yoda, a name bestowed upon her by today's guest and Lazy Genius …

Ep 244: You love to read–don’t ruin it

July 28th, 2020

45:19

Today's guest is looking for brain candy. That’s Elizabeth Cooper's delightful term for books that are FUN, with a killer premise, pages that …

Ep 243: Predicting the next great American classic

July 21st, 2020

48:40

Charlandra Jenkins is a Florida reader on the hunt for stories that reflect her life, love, grief, and humanity back to her. For Charlandra, new book releases and recent bestsellers by Black authors are a joy, but she’s …

Ep 242: Sharing Good Reads with good friends

July 14th, 2020

56:31

Anne is joined by Suzanne Skyvara, Goodreads VP of Marketing & Editorial, and Danny Feekes, Goodreads Managing Editor, to have an in-depth chat about how star ratings, reviews, and other nuggets of information we …

Ep 241: Memoirs, milk cows, and reading on horseback

June 30th, 2020

58:03

Raelene Bradley has let books be her guide as she and her husband fulfill their longtime dream of living off the land with a family farm. Raelene’s …

Ep 240: Saving the world, one series at a time

June 23rd, 2020

43:11

Reader and author KJ Dell’Antonia picked up a lot of the wrong books during a difficult time in her life, and those experiences changed her …

Ep 239: The read-alike problem

June 16th, 2020

33:36

Chris Abi Zeid is counting down the days before a big life event that will significantly alter his reading life. But for a few more weeks he still has precious reading hours. All he needs is his next read–and listeners, …

Ep 238: Windows, mirrors, and why We Need Diverse Books

June 9th, 2020

46:19

Today’s guest Lamar Giles credits his love of reading to his mom who was always willing to buy him a book. Today Anne and Lamar chat about children’s books, horror novelist Stephen King, great novels where the setting …

Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

June 2nd, 2020

44:39

Elyssa Gould is an academic librarian and “recovering English major”, whose goal is to get caught up on her own backlist while she’s separated from …

Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

May 26th, 2020

48:45

It’s a weird time to be in the market for a new book. When it’s safer to stay home, and many libraries and bookstores have temporarily shut their doors to the public, what’s a reader to do… but turn to their home …

Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

May 19th, 2020

44:21

Today we continue our celebration of Summer reading with Zibby Owens, host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. Anne and Zibby are chatting about what they’re excited to read this Summer, whether those …

Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

May 12th, 2020

42:47

Readers, summer reading is so close you can almost taste it. Anne has been investigating upcoming summer releases for months now, on the lookout for …

Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

May 5th, 2020

42:50

Anne chats with education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy about literacy in the justice system, and how her work with incarcerated students has been affected by social distancing. Hanan came to WSIRN looking for an escapist

Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

April 28th, 2020

42:49

Anne is joined by Gaithersburg, Maryland mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of those community book events. At the time of recording, they were still crossing …

Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal

April 21st, 2020

43:24

Today, Anne's exploring a genre that’s on the rise these days... ecofiction! Reader Katy Yocom is constantly on the hunt for absorbing novels with plots that not only incorporate the natural world, but ones in which the …

Ep 230: Don't overthink your reading life

April 7th, 2020

43:49

A note from Anne — I’ve been soooo looking forward to sharing today’s episode with you. Today we’re sharing the live audio from my book tour stop at the Strand in New York City. This evening in their gorgeous rare books …

Ep 229: Works of literary fabulousness

March 31st, 2020

39:58

Why do some books with heavy topics leave you feeling uncomfortable, while other books tackling difficult subject matter make you feel understood and …

Ep 228: HELP! I can't stop quitting books

March 24th, 2020

52:23

So, you hate the book you’re reading. Or maybe you just feel blah about the book you’re reading. Or maybe the book you’re reading is good, but a different book on your shelf just looks so appealing, and you can’t help …

Ep 227: Putting your money where your literary values are

March 17th, 2020

39:48

Guest Sterling Hardaway values efficiency and growth in his reading life, which has led him to a hefty serving of nonfiction to learn new exciting …

Ep 226: Dig in to a feast for your literary senses

March 10th, 2020

47:14

As audiobooks have become more available and more popular over the years, they’ve become a bigger part so many of your daily routines. Today Anne …

Ep 225: What your neighborhood should read next

March 3rd, 2020

42:27

We're always hearing from listeners about connections made either on the show or in the blog or instagram comment sections. Today’s guest Elizabeth …

Ep 224: Confronting the Bookshelf of Shame

February 25th, 2020

50:48

Like many readers, today’s guest Lacey Yong is creative. But her writing hobby is beginning to clash with her book selections, so she came to WSIRN with the question “how do I pick books that inspire me to write, …

Ep 223: Five stars for negative book reviews

February 18th, 2020

42:07

Anne has recommended books in translation to many guests in the past, but this week we’re venturing away from reading in English, with Parisian reader Florence Breuvert. Because she reads in both French and English, …

Ep 222: Ordinary lives make extraordinary books

February 11th, 2020

46:08

Today we listen in on Anne's recent event in Huntsville, Alabama in collaboration with Snail On the Wall and the Rocket City Moms Book Club. Shannan …

Ep 221: Swipe right for book love

February 4th, 2020

47:04

Amy Rohn joins Anne to talk about literal literary matchmaking, the ups and downs of her life as a reader in search of real-life romance. We’re exploring what she looks for in a partner, whether they’re a reader or not, …

Ep 220: The books that keep pulling me back

January 28th, 2020

41:26

Every week, we promise to give you the information you need to choose your next read. Sometimes, that means information about a specific title (like the premise, interesting backstory, or a sense of the atmosphere.) But …

Ep 219: Required reading revisited

January 21st, 2020

51:02

You might remember way back in Ep 60, guest Mel Joulwan and I talked about her love for books with a "strong sense of place". Mel realized she loves …

Ep 218: A WSIRN Marriage Story

January 14th, 2020

55:36

It’s always fun to read through your guest applications. You fill our inbox with stories, goals, hilarity, and so much heart. One particularly …

Ep 217: Making up for lost time in your reading life

January 7th, 2020

54:34

Around here we believe that when you improve your reading life, it does good things for the rest of your life. Today’s guest Pamela Hernandez has …

Ep 216: A sneak peek at Don't Overthink It

December 31st, 2019

23:12

The new year is here and that means another milestone is just around the corner. Anne's newest book Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy Into Your Life comes out on March …

Ep 215: Finding the right way to track YOUR reading

December 24th, 2019

43:18

Today we’re revisiting a topic near and dear to our hearts here at WSIRN HQ, and a PERFECT conversation for this time of the year, when the best-of …

Ep 214: Deconstructing your best reading year yet

December 17th, 2019

51:20

Today you get to hear from a guest who is very near and dear to the show, Anne's husband Will.

Will has been involved with What Should I Read Next …

Ep 213: Art, fear, and discovering great books

December 10th, 2019

53:40

Anne chats with reader and children’s book writer Kate DiCamillo about the books that inspired her to dream up stories, the hopeful work of writing …

Ep 212: Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones

December 3rd, 2019

53:44

Hopefully you haven’t put that wrapping paper away yet… because today we’re bringing you even MORE bookish gift-giving ideas!

This episode is …

Ep 211: Good reads from the Great North

November 26th, 2019

1:00:17


Anne has a delightful & deep conversation with guest Sarah Bessey about writing personal nonfiction, and what might spur an author to write a …

Ep 210: Book gifts are the BEST gifts

November 19th, 2019

55:42

Break out the wrapping paper, because our yearly WSIRN holiday recommendation episode is here! Listeners wrote and called in to let us know who they

Ep 209: Cracking the audiobook code

November 12th, 2019

46:59

Today’s guest is Jamie Freeman, a reader who was led to audiobooks by her favorite true crime podcasts… and has since made serious space in her life to read with her earbuds in. 

Anne and Jamie chat about spine-tingly …

Ep 208: The underappreciated art of literary forgery

November 5th, 2019

48:40

Charlie Lovett joins Anne to discuss the enduring power of not only stories but the books themselves, how books connect people of all ages, and of all times, how we can preserve literature for future generations, the …

Ep 207: An all-you-can-read buffet

October 29th, 2019

44:24

This week's guest is Jennifer Pai, a reader with a particular soft spot for anything that could might be called spooky. Whether it’s thrilling …

Ep 206: How to bypass the book hangover

October 22nd, 2019

42:47

Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she …

Ep 205: Books that won’t let you stop reading

October 15th, 2019

34:13

Readers, sometimes podcasting doesn’t go as planned. Schedules conflict, last-minute emergencies strike, the flu sneaks up on us, Anne loses her …

Ep 204: Nonfiction that reads like a thrilling novel

October 8th, 2019

40:47

Today Anne talks books with David Krohse, an Iowa reader who’s woven a love of literature into all aspects of his life — the waiting room of his chiropractic practice, the bar with a group friends, and quality time …

Ep 203: What happens in book club stays in book club

October 1st, 2019

42:10

In today’s episode, Anne talks with Emily Carter about a genre they both used to think they were too smart to be reading. When Emily entered a season when she was busy and stressed, and she discovered that the genre …

Ep 202: The art (and awfulness) of the cliffhanger

September 24th, 2019

54:27

In today's double-feature, Anne chats books with sisters Mia & Micah. But unlike most of our episodes with multiple guests, they aren’t looking …

Ep 201: The hidden value of a terrible reading experience

September 17th, 2019

44:35

Today, Brian Eichenberger dives straight into a hotly debated issue, discussing horrible books that taught him and Anne lessons they still think about allllll the time. Brian is the kind of reader who wants to chew on …

Ep 200: The good, the bad, and the unread

September 10th, 2019

56:22

In today's milestone 200th episode, Anne and her producer Brenna catch up with the guests of 8 fan-favorite episodes to see what recommendations were hits, which flopped, and what changed in their reading lives after …

Ep 199: The perils of public book recommendations

September 3rd, 2019

50:59

The WSIRN intro sounds straightforward enough - Anne chats with a reader about books they love, books they hate, and books they could pick up next. …

Ep 198: Reading for the FUN of it

August 27th, 2019

46:34

Ever since Anne visited today’s guest, Annie F. Downs, on her podcast That Sounds Fun a little while ago to talk about Summer Reading, she's been …

Ep 197: Rebuilding a bookshelf in Paradise

August 20th, 2019

46:22

Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with …

Ep 196: What the cool kids are reading

August 13th, 2019

48:03

Today you’ll get to know Anudeep Reddy, a reader who grew up in a competitive school environment where engaging books were in short supply, so he had …

Ep 195: Wanted: book enthusiast at large

August 6th, 2019

51:48

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

Ep 194: No plot, no problem!

July 30th, 2019

46:04

For Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about …

Ep 193: Rolling the dice on your next read

July 23rd, 2019

50:30

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 …

Ep 192: Wherever you read, I will follow

July 16th, 2019

53:02

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 …

Ep 191: When a great book wrecks your reading life

July 9th, 2019

31:37

Have you ever finished a GREAT book, then realized it left behind a hole no other book will ever be able to fill?

Today’s guest is Andy Serrato, a …

Ep 190: There's nothing like a little bookish momentum

July 2nd, 2019

43:07

Today’s guest has reached a crossroads in her reading life, and she’s come to Anne looking for a jump start for this new season.

Beth Wallen describes herself as a lifelong learner, and she’s about to have more time open …

Ep 189: Our favorite genre is chapter books

June 25th, 2019

51:56

Today’s guests Brenna Sherrill & Ryan Pait describe themselves as platonic soulmates, book-loving best friends who grew up together, went to …

Ep 188: Books, plants, and literal bibliotherapy

June 18th, 2019

39:37

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 …

Ep 187: Traveling the world without leaving your hometown

June 4th, 2019

49:26

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 …

Ep 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you

May 28th, 2019

46:35

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 …

Ep 185: What should you read this summer?

May 21st, 2019

48:12

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 …

Ep 184: You’ll never conquer your TBR—and that’s a good thing

May 14th, 2019

45:24

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 …

Ep 183: Baking, books, and other everyday magic

May 7th, 2019

54:16

Karuna Riazi, is here to talk about magic. The magic of carrying a book in your bag that can teleport you to another world, the magic of a beautiful …

Ep 182: Matching the right (audio)book to the right listener

April 30th, 2019

49:31

A request we hear a lot at WSIRN is “can we have another episode about audiobooks??” So today, Anne is bringing in Michele Cobb, publisher at Audiofile magazine, to not only help recommend audiobooks for YOU, but to …

Ep 181: Taking your reading life from good to great

April 23rd, 2019

54:03

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 …

Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year

April 16th, 2019

54:29

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 …

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

April 9th, 2019

42:42

Alabama reader Shannan Malone has broad taste and high standards, and when it comes to new releases, even authors she’s loved in the past don’t get a free pass… the new book has to earn her love. So today’s episode goes …

One Great Book Trailer

April 2nd, 2019

2:49

We have a new podcast!

WSIRN is about helping readers find their next read. In each episode, the recommendations are geared toward a particular …

Ep 178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life

April 2nd, 2019

54:35


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 …

Ep 177: When your reading life is a roller coaster

March 26th, 2019

44:08

Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s …

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

March 19th, 2019

50:41

WSIRN often helps readers get out of their comfort zones, but today’s guest Mallory O’Meara is taking Anne out of hers. Her wheelhouse is everything bizarre, paranormal, and downright scary. But digging past the surface …

Ep 175: Your library called and they want their books back

March 12th, 2019

41:58

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 …

Ep 174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read

March 5th, 2019

37:57

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 …

Ep 173: Clocking in at the reading factory

February 26th, 2019

47:25

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 …

Ep 172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?

February 19th, 2019

44:12

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 …

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

February 12th, 2019

39:27

Ready for a trip to Scotland? Today Anne sits down in-person with Ruth Andersen, a brand new bookseller in Wigtown, Scotland, to chat about what it's …

Ep 170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader

February 5th, 2019

46:16

This week Anne chats with Anna LeBaron, author of the memoir The Polygamist’s Daughter, about how literacy kept her going through a difficult …

Ep 169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways

January 29th, 2019

52:43

Meet Phimy Truong and Erika Thi Benjamin, best friends who share both a passion for work that creates positive change in the world AND practically identical reading taste (as you’ll hear, one of their favorites is …

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

January 22nd, 2019

47:48

Today’s guest Tara Nichols is giving herself an eagle-eye view of the last century’s literary landscape. Her mission is to read one book published …

Ep 167: Reading is supposed to be FUN

January 15th, 2019

41:04

Today’s guest, Erin Morris, is tackling a book challenge with her child this year, and the impact on his imaginative life and her literary life has been no less than remarkable. If you have little ones, this episode is …

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

January 8th, 2019

44:28

Today's guest Tiffany Patterson is a small-town reader who has created a new kind of literary get-together that is convincing her friends to give books a shot, even if they didn’t consider themselves “readers” before …

Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die

January 1st, 2019

54:42

If you entered the new year dreaming of a fresh approach to your reading life, today’s guest Jim Mustich is sharing decades of wisdom to help kick off your best reading year ever.

Anne and Jim chat about his new book

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

December 18th, 2018

43:37

Chelsey and Curtis are childhood sweethearts looking to connect over a good book… and possibly, across an ocean. But their reading taste might not be as compatible as their personalities. Today they get brutally honest …

Ep 163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors

December 11th, 2018

31:16

Ashley Gossens created a nature-driven Seattle book club that brings the page to life in an adventurous, completely unique way. Today, Ashley and Anne talk about the wildlife encounter that made brought a book up-close …

Ep 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read

December 4th, 2018

52:18

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 …

Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist

November 27th, 2018

1:08:27

Literary podcast nerds rejoice–Ann Kingman of Books On The Nightstand fame is behind the mic once more! We asked you to call and write in about the people you want to give the gift of a good read this year… and WOW, you …

Ep 160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life

November 20th, 2018

37:40

Have you ever read a book that made the world around you feel just a little bit… magical? Today Anne welcomes author Jon Cohen on the show to chat about the magic of the mundane life in fiction, his unorthodox path to …

Ep 159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever

November 13th, 2018

45:36

Shawntaye Hopkins discovered Jane Austen’s books for the first time as an adult - and after that initial discovery, she dove in DEEP. Today, Anne and …

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

November 6th, 2018

54:53

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 …

Ep 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read

October 30th, 2018

49:31

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 …

Ep 156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf

October 23rd, 2018

42:17

Clear your calendars -- today’s episode might inspire you to rethink and rearrange your whole home library. Myquillyn Smith, author of home decor …

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

October 16th, 2018

39:25

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

Ep 154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them

October 9th, 2018

54:43

Today, guest RuthAnn Deveney lead Anne into the world of special-interest reading, discussing how her passion for victim advocacy brought powerful …

Ep 153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time

October 2nd, 2018

40:32

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, …

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

September 25th, 2018

51:25

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 …

Ep 151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist

September 18th, 2018

57:06

Today's guest populates the “candy aisle” of the bookstore. Maria Ribas is a literary agent who specializes in gorgeous full-color cookbooks and …

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

September 11th, 2018

45:57

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 …

Ep 149: Ask Anne Anything

September 4th, 2018

46:49

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 …

Ep 148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)

August 28th, 2018

45:31

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 …

Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time

August 21st, 2018

49:42

Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast 

Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card

August 14th, 2018

56:42

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 …

Ep 145: Confess Your Literary Sins

August 10th, 2018

15:19

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 …

Ep 144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.

August 7th, 2018

52:05

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 …

Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read

July 31st, 2018

44:50

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 …

Ep 142: The moment you became a reader

July 24th, 2018

33:52

In episode 138, we met NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank, who filled WILDLY different roles despite working within the same library system. Today, Anne …

Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book

July 17th, 2018

50:07

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 …

Ep 140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?

July 10th, 2018

50:26

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: …

Ep 139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN

July 3rd, 2018

49:20

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 …

Ep 138: The Librarians Are In!

June 26th, 2018

53:57

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 …

Ep 137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times

June 19th, 2018

41:44

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 …

Ep 136: One Great Book

June 12th, 2018

13:02

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 …

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

June 5th, 2018

48:57

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 …

Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge

May 29th, 2018

29:46

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 …

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

May 22nd, 2018

55:44

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 …

Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer

May 15th, 2018

50:57

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 …

Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen

May 8th, 2018

48:43

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.

Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers

May 1st, 2018

42:20

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 …

Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)

April 24th, 2018

48:42

Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta's Moore's creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching …

Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot

April 17th, 2018

42:52

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 …

Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)

April 10th, 2018

42:58

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 …

Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart

April 3rd, 2018

40:51

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, …

Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict

March 27th, 2018

33:31

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 …

Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own

March 20th, 2018

59:18

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 …

Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)

March 13th, 2018

39:05

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 …

Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library

March 6th, 2018

59:49

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 …

Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book

February 27th, 2018

52:39

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 …

Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things

February 20th, 2018

50:40

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, …

Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough

February 13th, 2018

54:42

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 …

Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family

February 6th, 2018

59:36

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 …

Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly

January 30th, 2018

40:20

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 …

Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds

January 23rd, 2018

52:49

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 …

Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections

January 16th, 2018

1:09:24

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 …

Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves

January 9th, 2018

31:49

We asked 14 different podcast listeners how they organize their bookshelves … and we're sharing their ideas with you. (Some readers even provided …

Ep 112: Your best reading year yet

January 2nd, 2018

51:40

"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 …

Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club

December 26th, 2017

54:59

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 …

Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies

December 19th, 2017

1:02:02

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 …

Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst

December 12th, 2017

47:33

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 …

Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville

December 5th, 2017

34:15

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 …

Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list

November 28th, 2017

48:41

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 …

Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience

November 21st, 2017

30:55

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 …

Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better

November 14th, 2017

1:00:47

Today Anne chats with Rider Strong, a director & screenwriter (you might know him from Boy Meets World) who spends free time reuniting with …

Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back

November 7th, 2017

46:40

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, …

Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes

October 31st, 2017

47:49

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 …

Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters

October 24th, 2017

50:02

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 …

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

October 17th, 2017

1:07:07

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 …

Ep 100: When everyone loves that book but you

October 10th, 2017

56:23

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 …

Ep 99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)

October 3rd, 2017

59:50

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 …

Ep 98: Loving that literary lifestyle

September 26th, 2017

53:27

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 …

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

September 19th, 2017

26:24

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 …

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

September 15th, 2017

34:57

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 …

Ep 95: Really weird stories you should totally read

September 12th, 2017

51:39

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; …

Ep 94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)

September 5th, 2017

49:17

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 …

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

August 29th, 2017

47:47

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 …

Ep 92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list

August 22nd, 2017

48:39

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 …

Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending

August 8th, 2017

45:07

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 …

Ep 90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)

August 1st, 2017

43:24

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 …

Ep 89: Ask Anne Anything!

July 25th, 2017

45:30

Today is a What Should I Read Next milestone - our very first mailbag episode! We invited our newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers for …

Ep 88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine

July 18th, 2017

47:03

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 …

Ep 87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret

July 11th, 2017

44:47

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 …

Ep 86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers

July 4th, 2017

46:19

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 …

Ep 85: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)

June 27th, 2017

58:38

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 …

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

June 20th, 2017

46:03

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 …

Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip

June 13th, 2017

45:02

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 …

Ep 82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels

June 6th, 2017

53:03

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 …

Ep 81: The suspense is thrilling me

May 30th, 2017

44:12

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 …

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

May 23rd, 2017

47:22

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 …

Ep 79: The books we can't wait to read this summer

May 16th, 2017

38:31

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 …

Ep 78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time

May 9th, 2017

44:38

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 …

Ep 77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner

May 2nd, 2017

47:46

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 …

Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)

April 25th, 2017

1:32:35

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 …

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

April 18th, 2017

1:00:53

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 …

Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!

April 11th, 2017

40:09

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 …

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

April 4th, 2017

50:40

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 …

Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions

March 28th, 2017

48:19

Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top …

Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse

March 21st, 2017

42:35

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 …

Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about

March 14th, 2017

43:45

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 …

Ep 69: The library is running my life

March 7th, 2017

51:22

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 …

Ep 68: Plot summaries are the WORST

February 28th, 2017

41:06

You may know Laura Tremaine from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... …

Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time

February 21st, 2017

39:19

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 …

Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop

February 14th, 2017

46:45

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 …

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

February 7th, 2017

39:38

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 …

Ep 64: The next best thing to reading

January 31st, 2017

58:49

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 …

Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone

January 24th, 2017

46:39

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 …

Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...

January 17th, 2017

1:00:55

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 …

Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...

January 10th, 2017

40:18

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 …

Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it

January 3rd, 2017

50:37

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 …

Ep 59: Prescribing books for what ails you

December 27th, 2016

47:29

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 …

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

December 20th, 2016

51:09

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 …

Ep 57: What's your reading personality?

December 13th, 2016

29:55

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 …

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

December 6th, 2016

48:11

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 …

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

November 29th, 2016

30:37

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 …

Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?

November 22nd, 2016

43:40

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 …

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

November 18th, 2016

24:06

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 …

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

November 17th, 2016

31:05

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

34:19

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

36:26

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

45:05

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

45:35

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

28:51

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

23:22

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

45:05

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

55:35

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

45:20

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 …

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

September 27th, 2016

44:35

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

19:18

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

42:18

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

46:27

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

40:42

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

49:17

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

35:10

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

25:55

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

45:19

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

35:15

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

28:04

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 …

Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living

July 19th, 2016

45:16

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

45:46

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

40:25

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

39:50

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

37:41

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 …

Ep 26: Great adventure books

June 14th, 2016

22:21

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

34:08

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

23:21

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

27:05

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

29:54

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

19:34

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

20:17

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

37:07

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

41:02

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

33:58

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

29:58

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

37:57

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 …

Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading

April 5th, 2016

46:01

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

March 21st, 2016

30:05

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

38:39

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

40:16

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

27:54

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

25:05

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

32:52

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

38:17

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

January 26th, 2016

32:43

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

28:27

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

18:55

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

24:22

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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