This past weekend has been completely overwritten by my new favorite podcast. One that I can’t seem to get enough of, no matter how hard I try to quit it: What Should I Read Next?
As a kid, my books were my escape, my sanctuary. Books gave this weird, sheltered kid alternate realities to live vicariously through. As I got older, life got in the way, self-help reading became the norm, and as it turns out, all so I could come full circle and seek out what that weird, sheltered kid had going for her all along: a banging imagination and a life worth obsessing over–no matter how fictional the lives in those pages were.
Getting lost in a good book is still one of my favorite past times, which is why one of my most dreaded past times is finishing a book and figuring out what to read next. Now what? How do I top the last one? If I read another similar title, am I being unfaithful to the last book? Ok, not really that last line, but I do agonize over it. There are just too many titles, with too many opinions and too many sites to get these titles and opinions from.
The first and most obvious feature of this podcast is the host, Anne Bogel. Her voice is soothing to the ears, her personality has a calming effect and her mission is so uncomplicated and clear. Each episode has a guest speaker, always a literary somebody, and each guest is asked to tell the audience:
- 3 books they love
- 1 book they hate
- Books they are currently reading
Anne absorbs this information before recommending 3 books for the guest to read based on their recommendations and personality. It’s like palm reading for lit-geeks!