WSIRN Ep 62: What should ANNE read next?

WSIRN Ep 62: What should ANNE read next?

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 Episode 1!

The first episode of What Should I Read Next aired on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Our guest was Jamie Golden. Her favorites were Persuasion, Me Before You, and 11/22/63. She hated Go Set a Watchman, and *I* recommended The Man in the High Castle, A Man Called Ove, and Bel Canto. For the record, she enjoyed them all.

We have 61 (!!) episodes behind us now. We’ve talked all things books and reading in every one—what we love, and what we hate. In 52 of those episodes guests have told me 3 books they love, 1 book they hate, and what they’re reading now, and I’ve recommended what they should read next. I get great recommendations from this podcast—from the guests and from YOU, the listeners—every week. But as the host of this show, I’ve never sat in the hot seat myself. Until today.

For our anniversary, we’re doing this special episode of What Should Anne Should Read Next, so you can hear me talk a little more at length about what I love, and maybe what I hate, and why, and so we can share YOUR recommendations for my very own TBR.  

Books mentioned in this episode:

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Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
• Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
Gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson
• Still Life, by Louise Penny
• A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny
• Deep Work, by Cal Newport
• So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lahkshmi
• Garden of Lamentations, by Deborah Crombie
• Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
• Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
• Divided Kingdom, by Rupert Thomson
• Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay
• Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
• Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
• Here if You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup
• On Living, by Kerry Egan
• Leaving Church, by Barbara Brown Taylor
• Eating My Words, by Mimi Sheraton
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl
• The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, by Amy E. Reichert
• The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg
• The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries series, by Julia Spencer Fleming
• The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam S. McHugh
• Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team, by Daniel Lenihan
• Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
• Come to the Edge, by Christina Haag
• We’re All In This Together, by Amy Jones
• As You Wish, by Carey Elwes
• The Darling Dahlias, by Susan Wittig Albert
• Hunting & Gathering, by Anna Gavaldi
• A Very Special Year, by Thomas Montasser
• The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon
• Significant Objects, by Jason Grote
• Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns
Author Fannie Flagg
• Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
• The Whole Town's Talking, by Fannie Flagg

Also mentioned:

“As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between Taste and Judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don’t like.

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don’t like it; I can see this is good and, though at present I don’t like it, I believe that with perseverance I shall come to like it; I can see that this is trash but I like it; I can see that this is trash and I don’t like it.”

–W. H. Auden, A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume VI: Prose: 1969-1973, Ed. Edward Mendelson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), 222.


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What do YOU think Anne should read next? Tell us in comments!

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  1. Amy Thompson says:

    Please don’t pass by Here If You Need Me because of Kate Braestrup’s tragic (true) backstory. It’s part of what makes her so wise and compassionate. For me, her writing is like reading someone who embodies “presence”. Of course it’s scary to be reminded that we might lose our loved ones, but there is a lot of beauty and hope when we see how someone endures such a loss with incredible grace and resilience.

    • Jenn says:

      I would agree–she is an amazing person–very wise. She preached in Boston and I went to hear her and she is feisty and a great storyteller. The book is not so much about losing her husband, but carrying on his passions and finding immense satisfaction in one’s work. I have had all of her books highly recommended.

  2. Barbara Bocan says:

    Have you read “Snow Falling on Cedars or “East of the Mountains” both by David Guterson? Two of my all time favorites.

  3. Linda Wallace says:

    so the latest from new author Brian Wallace:

    Sweet Thieves available on
    Really awesome read about “stealing others’ pain as a ‘sweet thief'”. He also has a fantasy allegory trilogy called The Pouches of Salem trilogy:
    Pouches of Salem, The Fouling of Salem and Salem Unleashed.

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