WSIRN Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations

WSIRN Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations

Your Tuesday fix is here - a brand new episode of What Should I Read Next!

Today's guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Colombian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, "absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing up. We talk about the joys and challenges of reading across borders, unpack her love for the genre she's been loving recently, and explore why her Kindle is an absolutely magical device. 



You can connect with Ana on her blog, Twitter, and Instagram

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Books discussed in this episode: 

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Harry potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling &
Rich & Pretty, by Rumaan Alam
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat
Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
1984, by George Orwell
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Also mentioned: 

•Junot Díaz' critique of liberal arts programs:
   - MFA vs. POC (via The New Yorker)
   - Junot Díaz's Syllabi & Reading List for His MIT Writing Class (via Open Culture)



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Do and Ana have similar taste? Have a book recommendation for her burning in your soul? Shout it out in the comments! (And feel free to list all the ways e-readers make YOUR life magical.)

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  1. Deborah says:


    I’m late to the party, having recently discovered WSIRN I am bingeing on them in order. Love. I have found my reader tribe!

    I think this is my favorite episode yet, because Ana and I have so much in common as readers. I too really enjoyed The Interestings; may I also recommend The Ten Year Nap, also by Wolitzer? It’s about a similarly specific group (of New York City stay-home moms), so well-rendered that you don’t have to have much in common to be drawn in.

    And I too HATE (loathe!) The Alchemist. My sister was just raving about it and I was biting my tongue so hard. It reminds me of Who Moved My Cheese. Bottom line, I think the world divides into those who appreciate fables and those who don’t. And I am allergic. Ugh. I want those hours of my life back.

    Finally, Ana, I’m an avid vegan cook (and sometimes chef) so have hustled over to your blog to subscribe. I can read a bit of Spanish so hope to be able to follow!

    Sending love and appreciation to both of you. Thanks for putting good stuff out into the world!


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