The podcast I never miss an episode of is: What Should I Read Next? Anne Bogel loves books as much as I do (actually maybe more) She interviews guests each week and based on their favorite books and books they dislike (or hate) she makes recommendations.
She interviews really interesting readers. All have a story that impact their reading life. I enjoy hearing her suggestions and I have found so many authors and books I might not have picked up if it weren’t for her podcast. My current two reads, Grief Cottage and Vox, are both books she suggested on the podcast and neither have disappointed.
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In this world of difficult news, anger and frustration, Anne’s soothing voice reminds me, like all good books do, that the world out there is a complicated, beautiful and hard place but books can always help me transform the bad into good.
I devoured her newest book: I’d Rather Be Reading: the delights and dilemmas of the reading life, last Sunday afternoon. I giggled and agreed and read passages out to my family whether they wanted to hear it or not. I don’t typically re-read books, but I know this one is a book I will come to whenever I need a little pick me up.
She has great chapters like: Confess your literary sins, I’m begging you to break my heart, Book Bossy, and How to organize your bookshelves.
As a librarian, literacy specialist, writer and reader I couldn’t stop laughing at the literary sins chapter. People often think I read highbrow literature. My literary confession? I won’t join a book club that reads classics.
It’s not that I don’t like classics, but, well, some of them really do make better door stops then page turning reads. When I read I want to be transported somewhere and if I don’t find myself lost in the book, I typically DNF. For example, I want to like Jane Austen, but the only version I got through was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was hilarious, kept true to the story and actually was even better social commentary than I think even Jane Austen could have written.
Moby Dick. Never read it.
War and Peace. Nuh-uh
Steinback? Only when I had to.
Hemingway… I have to confess I love Hemingway. Go figure.
Anne Bogel understands readers and that is why her podcast is so successful. When I first started listening to her I assumed she was a librarian because she has reader’s advisory down to an art. In her book, I read she spent her days at the library when her family was young and they lived right next door, so, she is an HONORARY librarian as much time as she has spent among the stacks.
If you love books. If you like essays. If you are looking for an afternoon read in the hammock, this is the book for you.
And if you love the book, check out her podcast What Should I Read Next? and her blog The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Don’t miss her first book Reading People: how seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything
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