WSIRN Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop

WSIRN Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop

Hello readers, it's Tuesday again! Time for a freshly brewed episode of What Should I Read Next. 

Today's completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of the Sorta Awesome podcast, which brightens my personal podcast listening routine each week. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9, just like me, she is a textbook ENFP, she LOVES - I mean LOVES - The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to talk to. In this episode we talk personality types, broken hearts, books that betray you, and also dig into practical topics, like how working on a podcast affects her reading life.

Make sure to check out Megan's podcast, Sorta Awesome:
Website | iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter!

(Need a good jumping-off point? Here's the episode I guest-hosted!)

You can also connect with Megan on her personal Twitter and Instagram

Books mentioned in this episode:

• The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner
• The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
• Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
• The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
• All Is Grace, by Brennan Manning
• Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
• Among the Ten Thousand Things, by Julia Pierpont
• An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine
• An Anthropology of Turqoise, by Ellen Meloy
• One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reed
• Atonement, by Ian McEwan
• Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
• Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
• The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson
• Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson
• Homesick for Another World, by Ottessa Moshfeg

Also mentioned: 
• "How I Read 313 Books In One Year" via Leigh Kramer
Anne's guest episode on SortaAwesome podcast


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

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  1. Bailie says:

    I really enjoyed the discussion on this episode on e-readers. In a few weeks my husband and I are moving from Sweden to the US and since all of our things have been packed up and shipped and I had to return all my library books I have been turning to my iPad for my literary fix. I was not excited at first but have now read 9(!) cozy mysteries on it and have loved it. Of course I keep having to sit close to wall when I forget to charge it! I have downloaded One True Love for our flight.

  2. Marie says:

    I loved this episode! Megan sounds so fun and warm. I appreciated the mention of her love for Lebanon as I’ve lived there for four years–first as a Masters student and then again after I married my Lebanese husband. We’re now living in Southern Turkey to help with relief efforts in Syria, but I miss Lebanon and I definitely purchased An Unnecessary Woman right away for my kindle. I’ve also just subscribed to Sorta Awesome!
    Thanks for another great show Anne!!

    • Megan Tietz says:

      Oh! How WONDERFUL to meet someone else who loves Lebanon. I am so jealous you’ve actually lived there. I was only there one week, and I still think about it every single day. I think you’ll LOVE An Unnecessary Woman!

      • Jason says:

        FYI: Rabih Alameddine, the author of An Unnecessary Woman, is a man. I also thought he was a woman after reading the book written in first person from a female perspective.

  3. I LOVE that you recommended SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS. While I read it long enough ago to have forgotten the details of plot, I will never forget what the book made me feel. I don’t think a book has made me feel all the feels as much as that book…which sounds perfect for Megan!

  4. Gina says:

    Well, I wish that you were my son’s high school English teacher when they were reading The Great Gatsby. He HATED it (and if I could bold that and make it bigger for emphasis, I would) He hasn’t had his heart broken so not sure if that angle would have worked but at least he would have had a better introduction and given it a chance. Now there’s no chance he’ll ever read it again…his personality. I don’t remember liking it or disliking it but have never read it since HS. Fun episode that highlighted that everyone has different taste in books – just because one person loved a book doesn’t’ mean it’s for everyone!

  5. Jamie says:

    Taylor Jenkins Reid sounds like she could be a read-alike for Jenny Colgan, my favorite indulgent author. 🙂 Also, I LOVED Megan’s excitement as you unveiled your recommendations. I felt like she was a kid on Christmas morning…I couldn’t help but giggle right along with her.

  6. Ginger says:

    We’ve got to get Megan turned onto book darts for her copy of Gatsby! I loved this episode and jotted down SO many books. And phrases – “splendid heartbreak” and “psychic weariness” are perfection. 🙂 And of course, all the subversive picks.

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