WSIRN Ep 24: Life-changing books

WSIRN Ep 24: Life-changing books

It’s Tuesday, which means a new episode of What Should I Read Next!

Today’s guest is Malisa Price. Malisa is a mom of two who lives in Raleigh, and she’s a regular reader who does it for the love of it, not for her job, although not that long ago she didn’t consider herself a reader at all. We talk about her tipping point, her taste, and her attempts to branch out with her reading in today’s episode.

What Should I Read Next #24: Life-changing books with Malisa Price

Books discussed in this episode: 

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My Life in France by Julia Child
Love Does by Bob Goff
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook by Ellen McCarthy
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide. (View the 2012 edition Malisa references here.)
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  1. Malisa Price says:

    Anne, thanks so much for having me on the show. I loved talking about books with you. And I appreciated your opinions on what I should read next. Since we talked, I read Happiness for Beginners and you were right on with me liking it!!! I also read a mystery novel by Colleen Coble, the Butterfly Palace. So I’m branching out 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    I read My Life in France a month ago, and loved it! I also immediately bought both her cookbooks, but of course, I have yet to actually cook anything from them. One day!

    • Malisa Price says:

      I’m always reminded of what she says about never apologizing for your cooking. That its a way of seeking a compliment/validation. I was amazed at how determined Julia was to learn to cook.

    • Malisa Price says:

      I found it so riveting and what a interesting way to make up what may have happened to the fallen climbers. I felt like he really did the research to honor the climbers’ memories

      • Malissa kilpatrick says:

        You can text me- 757-810-2765 and check out my face noj so you know that I am legit. Do you go for story time? We could meet then at library. Malissa

  3. Jillian says:

    Great British Baking Show is the best family television show! Just an FYI, the season on Netflix is actually the fifth season! It’s also called Great British Bake Off in the UK, so searching for that on YouTube may help. It got more difficult to find after it started airing here. The fifth and sixth series are definitely the best!

  4. Jana says:

    Malisa, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all three books you listed, and also just cannot stand Francine Rivers books (sorry, Francine, I’m sure you are a wonderful person and maybe you wouldn’t like my art either). So, I think you would like anything by Donald Miller or Jon Acuff. Sort of self-improvement, thought-provoking books written in a curious blend of self-effacing humor and seriousness.

    • Malisa Price says:

      Jana, I loved A Million Miles in a Thousand Years! What a great suggestion. And I’ve read Quitter too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Redeeming Love 🙂

      • Malissa kilpatrick says:

        Malisa, I am a MA- living Raleigh, fan of “what shall I read next?” , Christian, reader. I am reading the Forgetting Time due to Anne’s recommendation. (My daughter got me listening)I have moved a lot as an Air Force wife and understand moving across country with small children( I’m 64) Malissa kilpatrick
        Cameron Village is my library

  5. Marisa Coar says:

    Of you are looking for a lighter read this summer I would recommend COPYGIRL by Michelle Sassa & Anna Mitchael. Fun, witty and adventurous. Something you will eat up in a night because you won’t be able to put it down.
    Best Regards!

  6. Jocelyn says:

    I recommend ‘Julie and Julia’ by Julie Powell. I got it from the library when it was released here in South Africa (2006), a few years before the movie was made (didn’t watch it) and I loved it. Julie is on a mission to make over her life (Gretchen Rubin!) and comes up with this totally improbable task of cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook, which is just absurd. But you know, some people love missions. Personally if anyone tells me to do something, even if it’s me, I always give them/me the flip off. And she is just a terrible cook. I am a terrible cook. I burn myself making cheese on toast, which is the height of my culinary talents and don’t even wait 2 minutes for 2 minute noodles (I insist I like them crunchy). So I loved this book and I hope one day I will be able to cook, but I fear it will have to be by some magic.

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