What I Read Next…

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The episode of the What Should I Read Next podcast that I was a guest on aired this week. It was so fun to chat with Anne on her show.  I listened to the podcast with my three boys and at the halfway point, my youngest told me that he liked the podcast, but he thought I talked way too much.

Yep.  It’s what happens when I talk about books and reading, and talking to Anne was like talking to a BFF about all the books that I love so much!

The whole day was fun as listeners of the podcast chimed in on Anne’s podcast show notes blog post (linked above) and at her Instagram post with their own suggestions based on our conversation.  I have a huge list of books about ghosts and sci-fi dystopia to add to my to-be-read list, and I couldn’t be more excited. 

The books that she recommended to me were not all equal, which is was what I was hoping for because they were to my different tastes. I didn’t want to read all sci-fi, or all ghost stories.  So she did a great job recommending books based on our conversation.  I got all the books from the library the days following our conversation and here’s what I read (and thought!) next!

I started with I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Which I didn’t love.  But I’m going to return to it this summer, when I have loads of deck and sunshine time to inhale it again.  Terry Hayes’ writing is so good and he’s a talented storyteller.  I just don’t think the timing is right for me to read this.  I want to know where he goes with the story (or the several storylines that I know he’ll pull together in the end), but this feels like a summer read to me.

I found Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and read it in two days.  It was everything that I love about sci-fi dystopian books.  It was gorgeous and the story was sad and hopeful and wistful and kept me thinking for days after finishing. It was perfect for a cold two January evenings.

I read The Family Fang by  shortly after and enjoyed the story.  I know exactly why Anne recommended this for me to read and why she was hesitant because of the tone of the book…however, it was enjoyable enough for me to recommend to anyone.  I wasn’t sure what the author was saying about art and the role of family in society or in performing.  I definitely thought a lot about it after finishing.

Gail Godwin’s Grief Cottage was reminiscent of Beth Gutcheon’s More Than You Know, which I listed as one of my favorite reads in the podcast episode. It was a lighter read than Father Melancholy’s Daughter and Evensong, but definitely eerie and ghostly and I just loved the characters and seaside setting. I loved the relationship of the living characters in this book more than the ghost story element.  In other words, this would have been a great book even without the ghost.

Lastly, Anne recommended The Telling by Jo Baker. I haven’t read this yet but it’s “in transit” to me in my library service.

When we stopped recording, Anne recommended two more books to me: Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God. I own one, and the library has the other in, so those will be next.

All of these book links go directly to a local bookstore that I mentioned on the podcast (Riverstone Books, Wexford). Anne and I talked about using independent booksellers and shops for book buying instead of using Amazon for each book purchase. I’m definitely going to use one of our local Indie’s to purchase my own copy of Good morning, Midnight because I loved it so much.

I hope you’ve had a chance to listen to her podcast, and subscribe!  Each week she does this literary match-making thing with a different guest.  It’s so fun to listen to!