Hello readers! Time for a brand-new episode of What Should I Read Next.
Before I introduce today's guest, I have some fun news to share! The one year anniversary for What Should I Read Next is right around the corner, so OF COURSE we’ve got some fun anniversary episodes in the works! The first of these is a special episode where we’ll finally focus on what *I* should read next. At the end of today’s episode, I’ll share three books I love, one book I hate, and what I’ve been reading lately, and you can tell me—by email or voice message—what YOU think I should read next!
Here’s how to share your recommendation:
Option 1: Go to the Talk To Me page and record your short message there. Tell me what I should read, and why.
Option 2: Email Brenna @ modernmrsdarcy.com and tell her in an email message. You're contacting Brenna, my friendly assistant producer, because I am not going to hear your suggestions until we record this special episode! You’ll hear what I really think, unfiltered, and with no advance notice.
This is going to be SO fun. I can’t wait to hear your recommendations and share everything with you in January!
Now -- on to today's episode!
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 Faith, a book of essays that was recently released by HarperOne. Danielle often writes about heavy hitting topics like refugees, theology, and downward mobility, but today we are running away from the heavy stuff and are searching for good comfort reads instead. We also chat about literary baby names, the wildly differing opinions people have about what makes a book "escapist", and book scenes so jarring we had to set them aside... forever.
You can connect with Danielle on Twitter, Facebook, or her website. And don't forget to check out her recently released book, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith.
Books mentioned in this episode:
• Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, by D.L. Mayfield
• The Ramona Quimby series, by Beverly Cleary
• The Space Trilogy series, by C.S. Lewis
• Author John Green
• Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth
• Author James Herriot
• The Illustrated Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
• The Illustrated Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
• Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
• Bossypants, by Tina Fey
• The Neapolitan series, by Elena Ferrante
• The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Today, by Charles Marsh
• The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
• The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.
• The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them, by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.
• The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
• The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathetic Children, by Catherine Crawford
• Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
• Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
• Author N.K. Jemison
• Evensong, by Gail Godwin
• The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
• We Never Asked for Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This episode is brought to you by the 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge. Reading is personal, and your reading list should reflect that. So this year, we’re offering our choose-your-own-adventure reading challenge. It’s free and easy to join!
To get started, go to modernmrsdarcy.com/challenge and pick the path that’s right for you. If your reading life has lost its oomph, reading for fun is right for you, with 12 categories we chose with you in mind. If you want to stretch yourself in 2017, choose reading for growth, which has its own 12 categories. If you want to read everything, challenge yourself to tackle both lists.
I can’t wait to read with you in 2017!
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What do you think Danielle should read next? Tell us all about it in comments.