WSIRN Ep 22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)

It’s finally happening! Today we have a very special episode: we’re chatting again with six guests from the first ten episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they think about them? And what books are they still resisting, and why?This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed making it. And don’t worry: I promise I won’t make you wait so long for the next special episode where we check in with our favorite guests.



What Should I Read Next #22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)

Previous episodes we’re circling back to: 

• Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense) with Jamie Golden
• Ep 2: Perils of high expectations and characters that you can root for with Sarah Kohrnak
• Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs
• Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that “hook” you, and filling the Brown Girls’ Bookshelf with Osheta Moore
• Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel with Preston Yancey
• Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems with Leigh Kramer

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Popcast with Jamie Golden and Knox McCoy
I went on a blind date with a book
Shalom in the City podcast with Osheta Moore


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  1. Sara K says:

    Loved hearing the updates from all of these guests! It’s great hearing where their reading journey has taken them 🙂

  2. Dee says:

    This episode was so fun! I’m glad these updates will continue. Anne you picked the best book for me too. You mentioned the Kinkaid/James murder mysteries by Deborah Crombie at some point. They are my new favourite mysteries set in a foreign country. I plowed through them all over the last two minths. Thanks so much.

  3. Tracy Tobias says:

    Loved hearing the updates and was actually amazed at how many of the books discussed I have read. I have a message for Preston. Thanks to your recommendation, I just finished The Knock Off as well. Fun book. He MUST listen to the Bloody Jack (Jacky Faber) series and the Her Royal Spyness series. Katherine Kellgren is hands down the BEST reader on audible. In fact she just received that recognition. I’ve listened to over a 100 audiobooks and she is in the same league as Jim Dale. I wouldn’t even read the above series, I would only recommend listening to them. You would love the Jacky Faber series too, Anne. She is one of my favorite YA heroines ever. Brought to life for me by Katherine Kellgren. The books get better as they go. I would love your feedback on them since I think the title puts people off and they don’t want to read them. Once you start, you will be hooked. I love your podcast so much. I look forward to it every week and only wish it were longer. I’ve taken to recommending books to the moms in my parenting class after they tell me what they have liked lately instead of just recommending my favorite latest read. Looking forward to your summer reading list. I just picked up Grit and Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age since I teach moms of teens and these are two hot topics!

  4. Sarah M says:

    I’m from Lincoln, too and A Novel Idea was one of my favorite bookstores. Deidre, have you ever gone to Bluestem Books or Indigo Bridge Books-both downtown near the Haymarket? I hope so! Happy Reading!

  5. liz n. says:

    This was great! I was hoping you’d do a follow-up with everyone!

    Preston had me rolling. Obviously, the key to improving ones’ life is to be a guest on WSIRN! My nailbeds could use a little help.

    Of course, I loved hearing from Deidra, as well, since she inspired me to read “Bossypants.” I don’t think I’d ever have read it if not for the podcast.

  6. Kimi says:

    I have so been waiting for this episode, and I so loved listening. These were some of my favorite episodes, and somehow I had missed some of these recommendations or they were buried in my TBR list.
    Thanks for the updates!

  7. Sheryl Esau says:

    I’ve read your blog for awhile, but this is the first podcast I’ve listened to. I really enjoyed it and loved that 3 of my very favorite books were recommended – Cutting For Stone, A Man Called Ove and Ready Player One. Now I’ve added more to my long want to read list.

  8. Tammy says:

    Loved the update! I have read many of the books you recommend for the guests and it was great to hear how they reacted and felt about them. Wonderful podcast.

  9. Laurie says:

    I enjoyed the update. I’m going to have to go back and take notes. I have picked up a few good reads thanks to your podcast- Wednesday Wars (awesome on audible), A Man Called Ove, and All the Light We Cannot See.

    • Jocelyn says:

      It doesn’t sound like my kind of book at all but his descriptions of the reader are too funny. I have to hear it. I will have so much fun imitating her!

  10. Cass says:

    I love your podcast but have a suggestion. I exclusively listen to it while driving and can’t access the show notes right then and get distracted sometimes. When you are giving your 3 suggestions, it would be helpful if you said the title more than once. For instance, “Ok Lucy, so my first pick for you was Gone Away Lake, my second pick is…”. Usually after your description I know if I want to look for it or not, and half the time I can’t remember the title!

    Keep up the good work- it’s always fun to hear your thoughts on books!

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