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a layman's literature club. "You can continue to attend bullfights even when they are bad; but never applaud what is not good. You should, as a spectator, show your appreciation of the good and valuable work that is essential but not brilliant. You should appreciate the proper working and correct killing of a bull that it is impossible to be brilliant with. A bullfighter will not be better than his audience very long. If they prefer tricks to sincerity they soon get the tricks." -Hemingway, ...
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This Is What I Read is a podcast about books from the decolonial and intersectional spectrum. Abbie Boutkabout invites artists, writers, activists and performers to talk about these books that have shaped their lives, and about what drives their own work. Episodes are mostly in Dutch, sometimes in English.
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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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Have you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, "What Did I Just Read"? Hosted by Holly and Laura Anne (LA) - two eclectic best friends who can't stop talking about their most recent reads. Join them every week where they chat about all the books that made them say "What Did I Just Read?"
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Join Holly & LA for April's round of the Pain or Pleasure Wheel. In this episode, Holly gushes over her pleasure pick "A Fate Inked in Blood" by Danielle L. Jensen. While LA can't get over her college/sports romance pleasure pick "The Deal" by Elle Kennedy. Next episode, LA gets PLEASURE and assigned to read "Divine Rivals" by Rebecca Ross, while H…
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This week is all about summer reading, because our 2024 Summer Reading Guide is out this Thursday! Our Summer Reading Guide is one of the highlights of our year. Anne spends months reading and vetting both anticipated new releases and under-the-radar gems, resulting in the guide's list of 42 titles with something for every reader. Joining Anne toda…
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Join Holly & LA as they chat about Abby Jimenez's new book in the Apart of Your World Series "Just For The Summer". Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a…
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Anne recently attended Tallahassee’s recent Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, and today we're sharing her live conversation about all things reading with Festival Director Sara Marchessault and Kati Schardl. Book festivals offer so much potential for discovery, by connecting readers with writers they already love, new authors to exper…
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Today's guest enjoys tackling heavy topics in her reading, but today she's here for Anne's help to bring more levity to her reading rotation. As a South African of Indian descent, Natasha Govender appreciates reading real life stories from authors across the globe. These stories help her connect with the human experiences behind the pages, but she'…
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Connecting with authors is always a treat, and today we're bringing you a recent conversation between Anne and author Thao Thai. Thao joined us in the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club last year to discuss her debut novel Banyan Moon, a juicy family drama that explores what makes a home, the secrets we keep, inheritance and immigrant stories, and so much …
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Strap into your favorite harness and join Holly & LA as they discuss the debut novel by Steven Salvatore, "The Boyfriend Subscription". A whirlwind MM fake dating trope. Complete with positive sex work representation and... did we mention a plant daddy? Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wh…
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When big changes happened in Caleb Wilson-Johnson's life, his reading life shifted, too. Today, he's eager for Anne's suggestions after two exciting changes derailed his previous strategy of choosing his next read. Caleb used to love planning his entire reading year in advance, and especially enjoyed pairing books with the season—sometimes down to …
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Dust off your assless chaps and saddle up to join Holly & LA as they discuss "Done and Dusted" by Lyla Sage. A cowboy romance where she falls for her brother's best friend / he falls for his best friend little sister. Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compli…
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A recent career shift has opened up more reading time for today's guest, and Tara Bañuelos is looking to make the most of this abundance by exploring new-to-her genres and overlooked backlist titles. Tara lives in Washington, D.C., where she practices law. In the past, she's relied on reading for her preferred form of stress management. But with he…
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Join Holly & LA for this year's round 2 of the Pain or Pleasure Wheel. In this episode LA talks about her painful (uncomfortable) read of "Tryst Six Venom " by Penelope Douglas and Holly talks about her joyful pleasure of read of "A Part of You're World" by Abby Jimenez . Next episode, LA gets PLEASURE and assigned to read "The Deal" by Elle Kenned…
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Recovering from a reading slump can be challenging, and today's guest credits a book subscription box for saving her reading life. In today's episode, Anne Bogel is chatting with Tiffany Vicars, a pharmacist, mom and State Fair prize-winning paper crafter in Louisville, Kentucky. Tiffany knows reading is her highest form of self-care, but the past …
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Father forgive us for we have read something truly filthy, and we loved it. Join Holly & LA as they praise Sierra Simone's "Priest". Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, …
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Today’s guest is Susan Meissner, a historical fiction author based in the Pacific Northwest. You might know Susan from books like Only the Beautiful and The Nature of Fragile Things: Susan is also a reader and listener and today she's here to talk with Anne about her readerly dilemma. Susan writes character-driven, historical fiction: sometimes boo…
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Holly & LA talk about a piece of Grade A prime beef from the book "Morning Glory Milking Farm" by C.M. Nascosta. Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a sc…
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Today's bookish goal: finding the right books to fuel a reader's wanderlust. Georgia-based Joy has traveled extensively and even lived abroad, but now that she's not on the road, she's looking to load up her bookshelf with titles that will take her vicariously to places she can't get to right now in real life. Joy know what she loves when she reads…
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LA & Holly talk about how they are struggling to stay interested in any book they pick up. They are both down in the slumps, the book slumps that is. In this episode they discuss what puts them in a slump along with their strategies are to get back to enjoying reading again. If you have any suggestions for how you get out of a book slump please let…
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Today’s guest's love of reading was reignited in late 2022 when she found a path into the bookish zeitgeist by reading a super-popular series. Around the same time, Julie Van Huizen found herself surrounded by her friends' end-of-year reading wrap-ups, which left her feeling inspired, intimidated, challenged, and curious. That curiosity led Julie t…
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Holly & LA chat about Chloe Liese's first book in the Bergman Brother series, "Only When It's Us". Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen shot of y…
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Join Holly & LA for this year's round 2 of the Pain or Pleasure Wheel. In this episode Holly talks about her painful read of "King of Wrath" by Ana Huang and LA talks about her not at all painful read of "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas. Next episode, LA gets pain and assigned to read "Tryst Six Venom" by Penelope Douglas, while Holly…
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Today, Anne talks with Courtney Dezahd about discovering themes in her reading and finding novels that will stick with her long after she turns the last page. Courtney is a marketing professional and a mom whose reading tastes range from World War I history to outdoor survival stories and beyond. But lately, she's really honed in on themes she alwa…
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Today's guest Farrah Rochon is passionate about the romance genre, Disney, and the city of New Orleans (among other things), and today Farrah and Anne dive into all of the juicy details. Farrah is a prolific romance author with 45 books to her name, so you may be as surprised as we were to learn that she never intended to write in this genre in the…
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Holly & LA discuss Ali Hazelwoods latest paranormal book "Bride". Holly 'shifts' her stance on Ali Hazelwood's books, while LA bares her fangs. Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no sham…
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Holly & LA are joined by their other halves in this Valentine's Day Special Episode to talk about "Ice Planet Barbarians" by Ruby Dixon. That's right, they made their husband read about big blue alien (ahem). Have a book you want us to cover? Have any good recommendations to add to our Pain & Pleasure Wheel? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FI…
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Amy Rohn joins Anne to talk about literal literary matchmaking: the ups and downs of her life as a reader in search of real-life romance. We’re exploring what she looks for in a partner, whether they’re a reader or not, and truly baffling stories from her attempts at talking to men on dating apps about books. Plus, we discuss Amy's newfound love af…
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Join Holly & LA for their first spin of the Pain or Pleasure Wheel. The wheel decides if they get to read a book of their dreams or something that will be pure torture. In this episode LA lands on Pleasure and gets to read "Pen Pal" by J.T. Geissinger, while Holly lands on Pain and has to read "The Bodyguard" by Katherine Center. Have a book you wa…
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Wintry books and seasonally inspired reads are a common passion for readers worldwide, whether you're currently in our northern hemisphere winter, or you're experiencing another season right now. Today's guest has a deep love for all things hygge and winter, and this is absolutely reflected in the pages of her favorite reads. Sarah Butler is joinin…
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We're back at it again! Join us as we chat about Katee Robert's new "pirate" themed novel "Hunt on Dark Waters"! Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen shot of your review and send us your book request for an episo…
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In today's conversation, Anne helps Reagan Jackson find compelling reads that tell good stories. Reagan is a Seattle-based journalist and co-executive director of Young Women Empowered. She’s also the author of the forthcoming book, Still True: The Evolution of a Reluctant Journalist, which tells stories of Seattle's Black and intersectional commun…
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Natalie Nava's guest submission caught our team's eye as a particularly timely topic for January: she was eager to talk to Anne about reading as it relates to wintering, burnout, and recovery. After a decade of working in social advocacy, Natalie realized back in 2020 that she was dealing with serious burnout. One of the clues that something needed…
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Today’s guest reached out seeking help with a specific reading dilemma. We loved her request, and we’re sure it's something many readers have experienced. Amy's joining Anne on the show today from her Vermont home on 11 acres where she homeschools her teenager, works as a part-time sustainability consultant, and cares for an eclectic collection of …
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You're likely familiar with the work of today's guest: literary agent Elisabeth Weed, of the boutique literary agency The Book Group. Elisabeth has had a hand in bringing you many recent popular titles, and today she and Anne talking about the current literary landscape. From the trends Elisabeth is seeing (and what they mean for readers and writer…
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Last year, we had so much fun putting together an episode featuring Anne's favorite reads, and it was a listener favorite, too! We're back today with the 2023 edition: Anne is again joined by her husband and show producer Will Bogel to talk all about her reading superlatives from last year. Choosing the best books from a full year of reading is tou…
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SEASON ONE IS IN THE BOOKS! Join Holly and LA as they reminisce over past episodes and talk about the books they read over the year. We'll see you all in February! CALLING ALL INDIE AUTHORS! We want to read what you wrote! DM or email us with a brief description of your book and where we can purchase it! Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sp…
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Today, Anne is joined by Kim Hewlett to talk about creating a year of seasonal reading. Kim and her family relocated to Iowa a few years back, which led Kim to realize just how much she enjoys pairing books with the seasons. Kim's set a 2024 reading goal to reach for the right books at just the right time, no matter the time of year. Kim's name may…
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Join Holly & LA in their PART 2 episode of "Iron Flame" by Rebecca Yarros as the find more questions than answers at its conclusion. And don't worry, we're still shipping characters and giving you more conspiracy theories than your weird uncle over the holiday roast. Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOL…
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We all know that travel and reading go really well together. Today's guest, Dana Prescott, is looking for books to help prepare for her upcoming bucket list trip: she and her husband are taking ten weeks to travel to Australia and Southeast Asia next spring. Dana loves to travel, and she'll often learn more about her destinations beforehand by read…
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LA & Holly share their reactions to the 2023 Goodreads Choice Award Winners. Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen shot of your review and send us your book request for an episode! Instagram: @WDIJRthepodcast Emai…
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Our guest today may be familiar to many of you: Ariel Lawhon was one of Anne's early guests, back in Episode 15, and Anne recently recommended Ariel's new book The Frozen River in Episode 393. Today, Ariel is joining Anne to talk about books and publishing, from Ariel's new release, to the unexpected way her books have aligned with the literary Zei…
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Holly & LA tackle PART1 of "Iron Flame" by Rebecca Yarros. Join them as they deep dive, talk conspiracy theories, and ship other characters. Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen shot of your review and send us yo…
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We love a creative reading project, so when Allison Virtue told us about her global reading project, we couldn’t wait to hear more. Allison lives in Los Angeles, where she's set a goal to read a book written by an author from every country. We've had unique reading projects like Allison's on the show in the past: you may recall Episode 168: A centu…
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LA & Holly talk about their reactions to the Goodreads 2023 Choice Awards. You can listen to LA & Holly cover 6 of the nominated titles on this podcast! Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen shot of your review an…
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Today's guest loves to read, but she also loves to knit: how can she find the books to hold her attention so she's not tempted to pick up her knitting needles? Patty Brown lives in Bend, Oregon, where she enjoys outdoor activities like cycling, as well as indoor activities like knitting. She's been a reader in the past, but lately she's struggled t…
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Join Holly & LA in their PART TWO episode of "Fourth Wing" by Rebecca Yarros. Part 2 features chapters 23 to end of book. Yes, we are aware that we say Andarna's name wrong. Shame upon us and our families. We tried to fix it in post, but it was a terrible bandaid that made it so much worse. So we kept our bastardized version of "Adarnia" (Which, on…
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Each year, we recommend books for the readers on your holiday season gift list. While it's become one of our favorite annual traditions, this year we're putting a fresh spin on it: for the first time, our team members are joining Anne to offer their gifting recommendations. Over the past few weeks, we've collected listener requests for book recomme…
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Join Holly & LA as they finally jump on the "Fourth Wing" by Rebecca Yarros bandwagon in their first ever two part episodes. Part 1 features chapters 1 - 22 where we stopped reading and make our predictions. Part 2 will feature chapter 23 to end of book. We hope you enjoy our brand of chaos! Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us wit…
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If you enjoy your fall reading with a dose of magic, villainy, and self-discovery, you're not alone. For today's guest, fall reading is all about the vibes. Grace lives in South Carolina, and while her fall reading agenda includes books with a darker twist or magical flair, she also gets that fall-reading feeling from titles that feature thoughtful…
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LA & Holly discuss 3 memorable reads each from September. LA: "Schrader's Chord" by Scott Leeds "The Casanova" (The Miles High Club, #3) by T.L. Swan "Assistant to the Villain" by Hannah Nicole Maehrer Holly: "A Girl Called Samson" by Amy Harmon "The Kiss Curse" by Erin Sterling "Morbidly Yours" by Ivy Fairbanks Have a book you want us to cover? Wa…
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Join Holly, LA, and their very first special guest, Zach (Holly's main squeeze), as they talk about a book with zero romance, "How to Sell a Haunted House" by Grady Hendrix. Have a book you want us to cover? Want to sprinkle us with compliments? FIRST, FOLLOW US! SECOND, leave us a 5 STAR review (we have no shame). THIRD, contact us with a screen s…
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