Happy Tuesday! Your weekly dose of literary matchmaking has arrived, with this new episode of What Should I Read Next!
Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to my kindred bookish internet spirit Annie Jones. Annie is an indie bookstore owner in Thomasville, Georgia. In this episode we talk about her crazy unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and how meeting readers and authors in person changes the way you experience a book. I'm guessing you'll also be happy to hear that unlike lots of guests, Annie has LOTS of books she doesn't like.
Are you in Georgia (or looking to take a road trip)? Check out Annie's gorgeous shop in Thomasville, The Bookshelf. If you're not local, you can still keep up with The Bookshelf on Instagram, and through their podcast From The Front Porch. Connect with Annie on her website and personal Instagram.
Books discussed in this episode:
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• Crossing To Safety, by Wallace Stegner
• Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
• The Hamster Princess, by Ursula Vernon
• The Popularity Papers, by Amy Ignatow
• The Mighty Odds, by Amy Ignatow
• The Martian, by Andy Weir
• The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
• Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave
• Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
• Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel
• The Mothers, by Britt Bennett
• Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
• Walt, by Russell Wangersky
• Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
• You’ll Grow Out Of It, by Jessi Klein
• Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
• Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle
• Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
• Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
• My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
• The After-Party, by Anton DiSclafani
• What We Keep, by Elizabeth Berg
• The Children, by Ann Leary
• This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
• Annie's bookstore podcast From the Front Porch
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Know a dysfunctional literary family that Annie needs to read about? Shout the title out in the comments!