Announcing my new podcast: What Should I Read Next?

I’ve been saying for a few years now that this would never happen, but now it has, thanks to a combination of outsourced production and magical thinking: I have a new podcast and you can listen to it today.

It’s called What Should I Read Next?, and the idea came from the literary matchmaking series that used to run on this blog. In that series, readers would tell me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they were currently reading, and I would recommend 3 books for their TBR list.

I loved the series but found myself wishing we could talk about their picks before I made any recommendations, and wishing there was an easy way for us to do that. I finally realized that a podcast was the perfect forum for the bookish conversations I’d been dreaming of.

This new show is dedicated to book talk, reading recommendations, and literary matchmaking. Every week I’ll talk all things books and reading with one guest, but the ultimate goal is to help YOU find your next read.

Please help me spread the word so we can connect with our fellow readers and podcast fans! Subscribe to the show (details below), leave a rating in iTunes, follow the show’s new instagram account.

This has been so much fun so far (even though I still have so much to learn!) I’m looking forward to many happy conversations to come about all things books and reading.

How to subscribe to a podcast in iOS (iPhone, iPad)

If your device isn’t terribly old (not more than 3 or 4 years), the podcasts app comes pre-installed. Click on the little purple podcasts app icon to open.

how to subscribe to podcast itunes

Tap “search” in the bottom right corner of your screen. Then type in your podcast name (e.g., “What Should I Read Next”). When it returns your results, click on the square icon for the podcast.

Click “subscribe.” That’s it!

To subscribe using my favorite free podcasting app, Overcast.

how to subscribe to a podcast overcast

Tap the “+” button in the top right of the screen to add a podcast.

Type the name of the podcast into the search bar (e.g., “What Should I Read Next”). After the app generates results for your search, tap the desired podcast.

how to subscribe to a podcast using the overcast app

Click “subscribe.” That’s it!

How to subscribe to a podcast in iTunes (desktop)

Go to the show’s iTunes page, (e.g., What Should I Read Next? is right here).

Click “view in iTunes” under the podcast’s colorful square icon. This will launch a new window.

subscribe to a podcast in itunes


Click “subscribe” under the podcast’s icon.

That’s it! Thank you for reading, and thank you for listening! 


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  1. Dinah says:

    Congratulations! Our church started producing a weekly podcast and I am surprised at how much I am enjoying the whole process, from creating content to producing the end result. Fun! I will be cheering you on and listening with great interest!

  2. Erin Miller says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!!! I’ve been binge listening to the podcasts on which you’ve been a guest. This will be so fun!

  3. Dulcimer says:

    This is amazing news! I am an android user, and I want to let other android users know that an easy way to subscribe to your podcast is through the app “Podcast Addict.” Rather than ask you and other podcasters to post to stitcher or soundcloud, I’ve been using this app instead — it’s a simple rss feed-based service that is easy all around. I can’t wait to listen to the podcast!

  4. Anne says:

    Congratulations, Anne!! How terrific. Just subscribed and took your advice on Overcast so husband can use native app by himself. No more crowded feed. 😉

  5. Help! Trying to get this set up with Stitcher on my Samsung phone, but I can’t find it through the search. Can someone tell me if there is a way around this to set it up? New smartphone, so much to learn…

  6. Kim says:

    This is great news! Just subscribed – can’t wait to listen! I always love hearing you as a guest on other podcasts, and I love the literary matchmaking you do, so I am sure this will be awesome!

  7. Virginia says:

    I’ve never listened to many podcasts and the few I have listened to made me wonder what the fuss was all about. But oh my goodness. I just finished listening to your first one and LOVED it! I’m always always looking for books to read and have a (very long) running list of books in my OverDrive queue. I already know these podcasts will become a regular feature of my week. Your recommendations are the ones I trust most. Thanks so much!

  8. Victoria says:

    Sneaky, sneaky!!! I had to refrain from cheering out loud when I saw yourannouncement on FB! I am sooooo excited about this and for you too! Way to go for it. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all going to love it!

  9. Theresa says:

    Exciting! I also couldn’t find it on sticther. I couldn’t get the Overcast app to work. Check out Gretchen Runin Happier pod cast page she makes it easy to listen whether on Android or Apple.

  10. Casey says:

    Anne, any chance you could post a link to Overcast? When I searched for it in the Google Play store, three different apps with that name came up, and I’m not sure which is the “good one”.

  11. Mimi says:

    Congratulations Anne! I can’t wait to listen. My daughter got me a wireless speaker for my iphone for Christmas so I can listen to podcasts when I’m cooking.

  12. Susan says:

    Congrats, Anne! I’m excited about this. I’ve been trying to put some time in on the elliptical and have listened to the podcasts you’ve been on (SortaAwesome and I think it was Tsh’s) while exercising. I’m finding it to be the perfect thing to take my mind off the actual exercise! 🙂

  13. Kelty says:

    THIS. IS. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to dig in!! I LOVED the conversational version of this that you had on Read Aloud Revival and I am looking forward to more! This is going to be great!

  14. Sarah M says:

    Oh man, I need another podcast like another hole in my head, but I am for sure going to be a regular listener! 🙂

    I see you’re keeping them short, 18, and 24 minutes. Please, please don’t go over the 35 minute mark. It’s too long for a podcast, and so many are between 45-70 minutes long and they are TOO LONG. Yay for short, lovely, and concise podcasts!!
    Sarah M

  15. Dawn says:

    When you posted last week about 2015 being the Year of the Podcast, I was sure you were announcing YOUR OWN podcast. I was sad that I was wrong. But now I’m so happy!! I’ve listened to all your interviews on other podcasts, and I’m thrilled to have ready reading recommendations from now on!! Best of wishes!!

  16. Shauna says:

    Ahhhh! I’m so excited! I have recently started listening to podcasts, mostly at your recommendation. I run on the treadmill quite often, so this will be perfect! Woot!

  17. Kitty Balay says:

    Well, I just switched to overcast (great advice) & have gotten emotionally involved in Start Up (also great advice.) I just subscribed to your podcast. You’re starting to have a scary amount of influence in my life! I like all of your recommendations! Congratulations & have fun with this new adventure!

  18. liz n says:

    Excellent podcast! I liked hearing the process behind choosing the books.

    Your voice is very soothing…I think you need to read me bedtime stories at the end of stressful days.


  19. Missy G. says:

    The podcast finally showed up in Stitcher this morning, and I immediately downloaded them and listened on my drive. They are, of course, wonderful! I am so excited about future episodes. I agree with others that it’s nice to hear your voice, and the conversation flows so well. Congrats on the first 2 episodes, and cheers to the future success of the podcast! 🙂

  20. Gretchen says:

    I immediately subscribed and listened to both delightful episodes — so glad that you are mentioning different books even though both ladies mentioned liking the same authors. One very small suggestion about dealing with the Jane issue — perhaps you could change your questions to include a favorite Austen novel or request that they exclude Jane Austen from their list of authors? Otherwise, you may effectively be working with only 2 authors instead of 3. Here’s hoping that you may be able to use civilians on the podcast eventually and not only other bloggers. Wishing you much continued success!

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. And I’m chuckling at non-bloggers being “civilians.” Ha! (That is absolutely the plan! I want to share a wide variety of reader experiences on the show.)

  21. Angie says:

    This was the perfect backdrop for working at home today. Thank-you! I don’t have iTunes (android user) but I am listening to it on the computer and have bookmarked it for a daily check 😉

    But, I did share it on FB and pinterest 🙂 This is a fun Readers Advisory!

  22. Debra Perrin says:

    I’ve subscribed and am looking forward to making the time to listen to the two episodes already waiting on my iPod, thanks!

  23. Sherrylynne in Minneapolis says:

    Just listened to both podcasts and it is a great format. I hope you consider different age groups, vocations, geography, etc. You have an appealing knack for coming up with unique angles. I look forward to this avenue you are providing. Thank you! It is wonderful to “eavesdrop” on a conversation as to why someone likes or dislikes a book, genre or author and it is really helpful in sizing up what I may want to read next. AND, if I forget a title, I’ll be right back here for it. Thanks!

  24. Courtney says:

    Congratulations, Anne! I’m so glad to see that Literary Matchmaking is taking on a new life. I’m listening to episode 1 as I write this (and look at cable alternatives…ha!).

    One question- how do you pick guests for the show? Is it based on those who “applied” for the matchmaking? Or is there another way you choose guests?

    ‘Cause, let’s be honest, I really want to hear your suggestions for me…

  25. Luiza says:

    I’m new to your blog and absolutely LOVED the podcasts! Can’t wait for the next one. My only suggestion (or request) would be watch for spoilers? I know there haven’t been many and also they were from well known classics, but being from another country, I did not read many of the classic american novels, so many of the information given might be spoilers to me or to other people… I know it might be difficult to talk about a book without giving some information away but it’s just something I wanted to put out there. And I did pick up “To Kill a Mockingbird” because of your blog and podcasts, so thanks for that!

  26. Christine says:

    Just listened to episode 1 and I just want to say THANK YOU! This is exactly the kind of conversation I love, so it was such a treat to listen to on my morning commute. Cannot wait to hear more!

  27. Michele says:

    Hi! I just started listening to your podcasts and so far I’m really enjoying them. And now I found my way to you website. Yay! I just have one question: can you do anything to equalize the volume between yourself and your guest on the podcast? I have to change the volume depending on who’s talking. But that’s really a minor complaint. Thanks for the show!

  28. tricia culp says:

    I love, love, love your podcast! Keep it up! It’s such a great platform to hear different people’s perspectives on a lot of books in a straightforward way. What other literary podcasts do you listen to or recommend?

  29. Elisa Santos says:

    Hi Anne

    I am a portuguese listener of your podcast and i love how you connect with your guests.
    I am a blogger – a fairly new one at that – and i am tempted to try podcasting.
    Have you ever considered having a foreign listener´s WSIRN episode?

    Congrats on your great podcast!

  30. Amy F. says:

    Hi Anne,

    First of all I L.O.V.E. your Podcast! I just discovered it a couple weeks ago and have been binge listening. It’s fantastic and some of my favorite minutes of the day. I was wondering if there is a running list anywhere of the books that have been recommended? Oftentimes I’m listening in the car so I don’t have the ability to jot down books I want to try and then when I get time to go back and sift through the shows I’ve forgotten which one it was.

    I don’t know if you ever travel north, but there is a beautiful independent bookseller, in a historic brewery building that has been turned into a historic hotel, boutique shops, a beautiful salon and excellent local restaurants. I would LOVE to have your podcast come to Duluth, MN and launch out of the Bookstore at Fitgers. Summer and Fall are beautiful times to visit!

    Thanks for everything you do for all of us bookworms out here!


  31. Jacqueline says:

    Hi Anne,
    I came a across your podcast a few weeks ago an I feel like a whole new world of reading opportunities has opened up for me! I love your style and your delivery of topics. You have a great voice for podcasts, not to mention your laugh! Thank you so much for creating this amazing podcast and for developing your wonderful website. I’m a teacher from Toronto Canada who has just begun my summer holiday which I now call “My Summer of Reading”. I’ve downloaded some of the sheets from your reading journal and have turned them into my own version. I’ve also started to listen to a few other reading podcasts … so much reading … never enough time!

  32. Mary says:

    Hi! I’m just discovering this podcast and want to sign up. Is that possible with an Android phone? Or only with I-phones. Thanks.

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