In my Books with Big Feelings Challenge post, I discussed my recent reading slump. I decided to create two challenges for myself to complete before the end of the year.
In a post earlier this year, I also talked about my love of the What Should I Read Next podcast with Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’m still a diehard listener and I love hearing Anne’s book matchmaking skills each week. (I’m also a recent addition to the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. Yeah, Anne Bogel has a lot of say in my reading life lately.) I’ve read a number of books based on her recommendations and have added a ton of others to my TBR list. Using some of the most notable seemed like a perfect challenge to help me through my book slump. And, since some of them are lighter fare, it will help balance out the ugly cries from the Books with Big Feeling Challenge. (Fingers crossed.)
Here are my What Should I Read Next Challenge selections.
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I’ve read three other Frederick Backman books and enjoyed them all. (A Man Called Ove was my favorite.) Anne has said this one is quite different, and I’m eager to read it.
The description of this book was compelling and not like something I would typically pick for myself. But, I kept thinking about it, particularly the aspect of the race riots of the 20s and I grabbed it when it was on a Kindle sale. Now, time to read it.
This book is at the absolute top of the list for this challenge. First, Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book ever. Anne B. (as opposed to my beloved Anne Shirley) and many guests have talked about this one and some feel it is a better book than my favorite. (WHAT?? I don’t feel like that is possible.)
Second, I was considering joining the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club when I got an email from them with their fall selections and this was one of them. (Way to lure me in, Anne.)
Third, Emily’s last name is Starr. My middle name is Starr. It’s meant to be, people.
Can’t wait to read this.
This book has been on both the love and hate list for WSIRN guests. I bought it during a Kindle sale and it has been untouched because I am afraid of it. (It involves the murder of a child and that requires a lot of mental prep for me.) But, I’m intrigued and I can do it.
I am a proud Jersey girl living in Las Vegas, but I love southern fiction. (Except I hope they don’t mention okra. Yuck.) When I heard guests talk about this book, it made it onto the TBR.
I first heard of this book from Cat, but then heard it mentioned on an episode of WSIRN. It’s a heavier topic than I would ever pick for myself, but I was sold when Anne and her guest talked about the audio version. It has an amazing cast, so time to wait for another Audible credit to come through.
Anne has described this one as great fun. Sold. I’m hoping this is an old-timey cupcake book. I’m going to need a light read after some of the other ones on this list.
This has been a favorite for a few guests on WSIRN. While I can’t cook at all, I love foodie memoirs. (And food. Please send snacks.) This book, I think, is the ultimate example of that genre.
This one comes up time and time again on What Should I Read Next. I loved Olive Kitteridge, also by Elizabeth Strout, and there are so many raving fans. I have to give it a try.
I don’t particularly love historical fiction; however, I do love a good comedy of manners. It sounds intriguing, so I’ll try it.
Another one that has been mentioned many times on the podcast. I’m not usually into dystopian themes, but I also don’t like space books and I really enjoyed The Martian after hearing about it on WSIRN.
This book was mentioned on one of the first episodes of WSIRN that I listened to. It stayed with me. It’s free verse, young adult and involves basketball. So, totally what you expect from me, right? I don’t think I’ve ever read free verse, so I am excited for this one. Plus, it is so opposite of what I am typically drawn to.
Kate Morton gets a lot of mentions on What Should I Read Next. I originally had The Lake House this list and I asked for input from friends in my little Facebook group, The Booknerdiest. Maggie said that it wasn’t her favorite Kate Morton. I switched to The Secret Keeper when I saw that Anne ranks it as her favorite by the author.
Wasn’t this a mini series or something? I like to read good family sagas once in a while and this one sounds good. And long. Really, really long.
I think this was mentioned on Anne’s live episode. It sounds like juicy scandal with a judge, his wife and a showgirl. Gotta try it.
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