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What Should I Read Next?

Podcast Series What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

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Ep 292: A life-changing library trip

Ep 292: A life-changing library trip

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 fun, and has us thinking about our own life-changing literary experiences. As an avid library user and member of two book clubs, our guest Loren Mueller has no problem adding potential life-changing reads to her To Be Read list, and then diving in. But she does have trouble remembering specific details from what she read—and today, we’re gonna figure out what to do about it. We discuss ways to retain what you read while reading for the fun of it, and why an “easy” reading experience means something different to every reader. Check out the show notes post on our website for the full list of books discussed today and a transcript of the show. One of my go-to tips for any reader who wants to learn more about themselves as a reader is to start a book journal to capture what they’ve read, what they want to read, and other important info that will better their reading lives. That's why I’m thrilled to offer my own beautiful and functional journal.      The journal is called My Reading Life and it’s available September 21st but you can preorder a copy now and we've got some fun preorder bonuses for those of you who do just that. Learn more about My Reading Life and the bonuses at modernmrsdarcy.com/journal. Thanks to this week's sponsors:Bombas performance socks are built to be nothing but comfortable and supportive. And like all their socks, for every pair of Bombas performance socks you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need. They’ve donated over 45 million pairs so far! Bombas is offering WSIRN listeners 20% off your first order.Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients—and their sources—are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off your first three months! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

51 mins

27 July Finished

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

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

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 Brenna paired us up in our virtual recording studio, matching team members you’ve never heard discuss books together on the show. Our reading tastes are vastly different, but we quickly discovered that talking about books creates instant connections—even when reading preferences don’t seem to match up at all.  We had the best time discussing what summer reading means to us, what we’ve read and loved lately, and what we hope to read next before the season is over. We hope today's collection of bookish conversations inspires you to ask your coworkers, friends, or family members what books they’ve loved recently. And, of course, we hope you find your next great read among the abundance of titles we talk about today.  See all of the books we discuss or follow along with a transcript on the show notes page. Thanks to our sponsors:Brooklinen is the perfect place to find all the comforts for home, including ultra-soft towels — they offer varying levels of plushness, so you can choose the towel experience that feels most spa-like to you! WSIRN listeners can use promo code READNEXT for $20 off, with a minimum purchase of $100 at Brooklinen.com.There’s no “one size fits all” solution for hair care. Instead of trying to cover all hair types in one product line, Prose customizes products for you and your hair needs. Go to prose.com/readnext for your FREE in-depth hair consultation and 15% off.ThirdLove knows the science behind top-to-bottom comfort without sacrificing style—from perfectly fitted bras and underwear to quality sleepwear. Right now, ThirdLove is offering WSIRN listeners 20% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

58 mins

20 July Finished

Ep 290: Fiction is my oldest friend

Ep 290: Fiction is my oldest friend

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 day. Shanel Sparr is an artistic Jill of all Trades–acting, directing, crocheting and designing clothes. But as an avid collector of hobbies, reading still holds a distinct place in her life—and she highly values being well-rounded as a reader. Shanel loves books that explore a character’s interior landscape, especially when that’s packaged in a surprising way, and doesn’t mind going a bit dark, or eerie. Although she has found she has a limit—and so today I’m looking for titles that walk the fine line of addressing hard things without tipping into overly tragic. See all of the books we discuss or follow along with a transcript on the show notes page. You can learn more about all of Shanel's artistic endeavors on her website. Thanks to our sponsors:Discover what it’s like to be comfortable and confident all the time with Betabrand. Try their dress pant yoga pants or the new Yoga Denim collection and get 30% off at Betabrand.com.READNEXT.Start summer off on the right foot with Rothy’s. With sandals in an array of colors and shoes made for exploring, their newest styles have you covered. Plus, their spacious, washable bags are perfect for summer getaways. Through August 1st, 2021, take $20 off your first purchase of $100 or more at Rothys.com/READNEXT.Ritual is the multi-vitamin reimagined. Reimagine your daily rituals with Ritual’s delayed-release capsule design–delivering high-quality nutrients, including Vitamin D3, in just 2 daily pills. Ritual is offering WSIRN listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit Ritual.com/READNEXT to start your Ritual today.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

48 mins

13 July Finished

Ep 289: A ridiculous plan to read more books

Ep 289: A ridiculous plan to read more books

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 the show 3 Books, where he talks with avid readers about the three most formative books in their lives. The show originated as a way for Neil to find lesser known titles and backlist books to boost his reading life. Now, he finds himself assigning too much “reading homework,” and he’s looking for ways to spend more time connecting with each book he reads instead of breezing through to the next checkmark on his TBR. Between two book podcasters we cover a lot of ground today. Be sure to check out the show notes for a full list of the titles. You just might find a formative book for you. You can find Neil writing on his website or follow him on Twitter and Instagram. And don't forget to listen to my episode of 3 Books recorded (partially) in the Rare Books Room at the Strand. Thanks to our sponsors:ThirdLove knows the science behind top-to-bottom comfort without sacrificing style—from perfectly fitted bras and underwear to quality sleepwear. Putting on your essentials feels like indulging yourself every day. You deserve some TLC, ThirdLove Comfort, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 20% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!BetterHelp wants you to start living a happier life today! BetterHelp is committed to matching you with the right therapist, so they make it easy and free to change counselors if needed. It’s also more affordable than traditional offline counseling and financial aid is even available. Better Help has a special offer for WSIRN listeners: get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/READNEXT.Are you looking for ways to be happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative? Try Happier with Gretchen Rubin, the podcast from the author of the #1 bestseller The Happiness Project. Each week she shares insights and practical solutions like a “Try This at Home” tip and a “Happiness Hack.” Listen wherever you're listening to this podcast. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

50 mins

29 June Finished

Ep 288: Looking for that WOW! factor

Ep 288: Looking for that WOW! factor

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 bookish life, there were some surprising connections to her taste in crime fiction. After hearing about her collection, you may not be surprised to find out that Brenda LaBelle is a make-up artist turned librarian. She's looking for more than a pretty cover though, Brenda likes books with stylish prose and memorable characters. Listen now wherever you get your podcasts—and be sure to visit the show website for today's complete book list–including titles you’ve never heard on the podcast. (You'll also find a photo of Brenda's beauty bookshelf there!) Thanks to this week's sponsors:Rothy’s shoes are seamless and fully machine washable, making them ultra comfortable and ultra convenient. Every time they need a refresh, you can simply toss them in the washing machine! Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.Brooklinen is the perfect place to find all the comforts for home, including ultra-soft towels, quality sheets, and loungewear. Refresh your space with Brooklinen! WSIRN listeners can use promo code READNEXT for $20 off, with a minimum purchase of $100 at Brooklinen.com.Betabrand pants look good, feel comfortable, and they’re easy to wear with any outfit. Their customer-favorite Dress Pant Yoga Pants are made of wrinkle-resistant stretch knit fabric, making them perfect for anything you need to do. What Should I Read Next listeners can take 30% off your first order. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47 mins

22 June Finished

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