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What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read. To learn more or apply to be on the show visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com.
 
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Currently Reading

Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb

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Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You'll find tons of book recommendations every week.
 
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Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Yara Zgheib. Yara is the author of No Land to Light On, a heartbreaking and heart-mending love story of immigration and parenthood and leaving your heart across the ocean. This book was an Indie Press List pick for March from An Unlikely Story. Tune into my conversation…
 
Readers, it's almost summer reading season (our 2022 Summer Reading Guide releases next week!), and today's conversation is just filled with summer reading energy. It's also a What Should I Read Next first, as we have four readers talking books and reading in today's show. Dive into summer reading today with Anne, her husband Will, and their readin…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: finishing up school and reading when the wheels fall off Current Reads: all kinds of books for you today, readers Deep Dive: our five (personal) rules for reading Book Presses: falling in love with the octopus and a creepy twins As per usual, time-stam…
 
Readers, today's guest came later in life to a career that she now loves, and one of her favorite parts of the job? Nurturing budding readers! As a third and fourth-grade teacher, Katrina Fleming has a plan for getting her kids hooked on reading, but lately she’s felt like her plan for her own reading life has been letting her down. Katrina knows w…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing: Bookish Moments: delightful Zoom meetings and used books for “complete” shelves Current Reads: some thrills, some nonfiction, some YA, and some romance Deep Dive: reading during a big life change Book Presses: a married people romance and a narrative non fiction gem As per…
 
Our first Norwegian guest, Lisa Sølvberg is a lifelong reader who loves a complicated family saga. She also has a particular appreciation for the audiobooks that accompany her athletic pursuits, as you'll hear in today's conversation. Lisa and Anne talk about the power of book journaling and what Lisa's learned about her reading life as a result of…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: new merch and a comfort read Current Reads: some books that were directly recommended by readers and ended up being big hits Deep Dive: our bookish confessions, in which we essentially play strip poker with opinions Book Presses: a book that is singula…
 
Readers, if you've ever dreamed of opening a bookstore, this episode is for you! Today, Anne's in conversation with Abbigail Glen, the owner of Shelves, an online and pop-up bookstore based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby discovered the power of reading at a young age, and decided to make her dream of being a bookstore owner a reality. In her co…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: bookish laundry and thoughts on starting a book Current Reads: a few Indie Press List titles that blew our socks off and some additional great books Deep Dive: crotchety old ladies talk about their bookstagram pet peeves Book Presses: a smart thriller …
 
Today's guest is both an avid leisure reader and a professional word nerd. Gary Robinaugh has always been fascinated with the role language plays in our lives. His career studying Aphasia—a language disorder caused by a specific type of brain damage—explores the relationship between thought, language, and communication, and he's equally fascinated …
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: beautiful bookshelves and a booktuber to love Current Reads: we’re all over the map this week with poetry and Cozy+ and a book I should have loved but didn’t and so much more! Deep Dive: reading outside of our comfort zones Book Presses: books that we …
 
Today's guest is an author whose books are regularly discussed in our online community, and she's here to talk with Anne today about the practice of seeking inspiration, and the books she can't stop recommending to the people in her life—and, of course, to get some suggestions for what to read next! Shauna Niequist is the author of numerous books, …
 
Readers, today’s guest is preparing for the arrival of her second child in a particularly bookish way—she's looking for some titles she can enjoy during upcoming midnight feedings and quiet moments with her newborn. Odeta Dyrmishi has loved to read since high school, and she's relied on books to carry her through other big changes in her life. Whet…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: the change of the seasons and a young fan Current Reads: a few books that will stay with us forever, and some that… won’t Deep Dive: the books that live rent-free in our heads Book Presses: a fairy tale retelling and a beloved brick As per usual, time-…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mindy and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: a reading milestone and a new type of book “the quickie” Current Reads: a new book from a favorite author, a childhood love turned into a book, and more! Deep Dive: the seasons of life that we go through as readers Book Presses: a love story and a polic…
 
Readers, last week's guest told us about her grandmother signing her up for her first library card, and today's guest is a grandmother who is nurturing the next generation of readers! Joanne Booy spent most of her life living internationally in a wide range of locations, but one thing has remained constant in her life—her passion for reading! She's…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: reading in the wrong format and new library discoveries Current Reads: books we blasted through and ones that surprised us on multiple levels Deep Dive: different types of readers - mood reading versus planned reading Book Presses: surprising books tha…
 
Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Brendan Slocumb. Brendan is the author of The Violin Conspiracy, a coming-of-age and mystery novel rolled into one, and a book that captured me with every word. You’ve heard me gush about the book, now listen to my conversation with Brendan to hear about: How much his m…
 
Readers, if you love a good mystery series, you'll definitely want to tune in for today's episode. Our guest today has been a reader since she was young, and as an adult she discovered her favorite genre: mysteries! Houston Luke especially loves mystery series featuring engaging main characters like Louise Penny's Gamache or Agatha Christie's Poiro…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: too busy to read and leaning into non-fiction Current Reads: When Meredith finished edits on this episode, she called it a spicy meatball, and that’s certainly true for our current reads. Deep Dive: What we do about backlist books that don’t have the s…
 
Today’s guest is an oil and watercolor painter with a deep appreciation for the storytelling power of both art and writing. As a child, Gina Ariko Marioni discovered how language could help her better understand the world around her, and to this day, reading brings her joy. But lately, Gina's been feeling stuck in her reading life. While she's used…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: a meetup with Megan! and Book Page Magazine Current Reads: middle grade and horror and Enneagram and magical realism. We’ve got it all! Deep Dive: Palate cleansers and one-night stand books Book Presses: a middle grade fantasy gem a great one-night sta…
 
Today’s guest discovered the joy of reading as a child listening to audiobooks on 45s. As an adult, she still turns to audiobooks consistently, and especially loves listening to books in the car with her boys or tackling some self-help titles on her commute. Tiffany Uzor is regularly on the hunt for new reads that will draw her in immediately or tr…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mindy and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: live tweets from a friend and a spicy conversation behind the scenes Current Reads: some romance, some disagreement, and some under-the-radar gems Deep Dive: Mindy and Kaytee bring all the curmudgeons and disagree about them! Book Presses: a great series,…
 
Readers, today's guests were already linked through legal and family ties, and since discovering their mutual love of reading, they've become even closer. Father-in-law and daughter-in-law Verne and Gabby Wright hit it off from the start, but their friendship deepened when Gabby lent Verne a book from her personal library. It was the start of a bea…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: reader app ideas and Meredith’s bookish grandbaby Current Reads: we bring books that the other host is NOT interested in reading. Deep Dive: our very favorite books about marriage, almost entirely fiction! Book Presses: fantastic social justice and a b…
 
When Erin Fagan sent in her guest submission describing herself as a “grumpy man whisperer” who turns to books to create connections, we just had to invite her onto the show. Erin works as an airline pilot and spends hours in the air with her colleagues. To quickly build relationships in a small space, she's found a perfect shortcut: talking about …
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mary and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: a fabulous buddy read and a young reader milestone Current Reads: this week we have a lot of books we really loved. There may be gushing. Deep Dive: an on-ramp to romance, from fade to black to spicy fun Book Presses: a perfectly midwestern story and a sho…
 
Readers, our guest today is sharing a struggle that feels increasingly common: she's finding herself easily distracted when reading, and she's not happy about it! Hannah Gorrie has always loved reading and has a sweet spot for fast-paced doorstoppers that totally engross her attention. But lately, she's felt like she just can't get into reading as …
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing: Bookish Moments: reader profiles on Instagram and connecting authors and readers Current Reads: we are revisiting some authors that we’ve read before, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Deep Dive: the items we have on our bookish bucket lists. What do we want to “a…
 
In today's episode, Anne's not the only one giving the recommendations: guest Shreyasi Desai, who also goes by Cece, passes on her own suggestions for our reading community. Cece grew up in India, where her parents fed her a regular reading diet of mysteries and mythologies. Today, Cece lives in the U.K. and is on the hunt for books featuring serio…
 
On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: a Kindle device hack and the Edgar awards Current Reads: books that whelm us and surprise us in the best ways Deep Dive: the different ways we interact with our books and what we are reading Book Presses: a verse novel and an oldie but goodie As per us…
 
Here at What Should I Read Next? and Modern Mrs Darcy HQ, our team of bibliophiles talks books all year long, and today our whole team is chiming in to share what they loved most in their 2021 reading life. Our team has a wide range of reading tastes, so our selections today are all over the literary map, but one thing holds true: each of these boo…
 
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