WSIRN Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore roadtrip

WSIRN Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore roadtrip

If you’re a longtime listener, you’ve heard from today's guest Donna Hetchler before—she hopped on episode 64 and chatted with me about how she tracks what she reads, in our special episode devoted to how 15 WSIRN listeners track their books. As you’ll hear, Donna asked for my help with a little personal project she was putting together...

Today Donna and I dive into her plans for a very special trip she’s taking. It involves the road, a milestone birthday, and a whole bunch of independent bookstores. Donna’s bumped into a fair number of bookworm problems in the planning, and I think you’ll be commiserating with her as she tells you about them.

Donna also had a special request when it came to helping her choose what to read next. I was afraid choosing good books that met her criteria might be impossible, but we work it out—and I am very surprised by her reaction to some of my picks!

I can’t wait for you to hear from Donna for yourself, so let’s get started.

Check out Donna's blog, I Am Your Rabbit, where she chats about entertainment, personal finance, health, and wellness.

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Books mentioned in this episode:

• Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene
• Author Agatha Christie
• Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
• Author Kate Atkinson
• Author Erik Larson
• Author Stephen King
• Emma, by Jane Austen
• Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
• Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
• Persuasion, by Jane Austen
• Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen
•  Jane Austen: The Complete Works (Penguin Classic Hardcovers)
• Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
• Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
• The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
• Charlotte Webb, by E.B. White
• The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
• The Lost Book of the Grail, by Charlie Lovett
• Author Ernest Hemingway
• Middlemarch, by George Eliot
• Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
• A Room With a View, by E.M Forster
• The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas Foster
Going After Cacciato, by Tim O'Brien

Also mentioned:

• The Upstart Crow Coffeeshop & Bookstore
• The Book Loft bookstore 

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What do YOU think Donna should read next? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Shayne Johnson says:

    I know I am commenting late, but are you planning on stopping at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles? It is an epic bookstore in an amazing building with so many books – both new and used are mixed into the stacks. I have had a couple fun day trips to this store with my book loving teen.

      • Shayne Johnson says:

        Since it is on your list, I will mention one more thing: Be warned, they have no bathroom. You can hunt around the neighborhood for one but it does make things tricky.

  2. Tricia Culp says:

    Donna, I just loved this episode! I am a classics LOVER and loved hearing you guys chat about it. Have you read Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell? I discovered it last year, and I think it’s perfect for Jane Austen fans. Domestic/relationship drama, funny/quirky characters, and strong heroines.
    I wish you all the best with your epic road trip!!

    • Donna H. says:

      Thanks Tricia! I haven’t heard of Elizabeth Gaskell but the description sounds like it’s right up my alley, thanks for the recommendation.

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