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What You Should Read

Friends Julia, Kelly, and Rachael discuss the newest books, trends and their never-ending TBR stacks. There will be laughs, great recommendations, and possibly (definitely) some spoilers. Tune in weekly and find out why these three have entirely ruined their dispositions with books. Want us to let you know what YOU should read? Fill out our google form and we'll recommend something to you on the podcast!


You Should Read: Our Most Anticipated Spring Releases (with Kathy Coe!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're very excited to share some upcoming spring releases with you. As always, we're joined by Kathy Coe, who always knows about the best ones. Book News: People continue to challenge Nora Roberts The Thought of You movie sounds amazing Our most anticipated spring reads: Kathy: Missing White Woman (Kellye Garrett), Honey (Isabel Banta), The One Who Got Away With Murder (Trish Lundy), The Husbands (Holly Gramazio) and Such a Bad Influence (Olivia Muenter). Kelly: You Like it Darker (Stephen King), Funny Story (Emily Henry), The Ballad of Darcy and Russell (Morgan Matson), Kill Her Twice (Stacey Lee) and The House That Horror Built (Christina Henry). Rachael: Just For the Summer (Abby Jimenez), The Paris Novel (Ruth Reichl), Honey Witch (Sydney J. Shields), April May June July (Alison B. Hart) and Lies and Weddings (Kevin Kwan).Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
57:58 4/2/24
We're Back... (And Some Updates)
Hello, Should-Heads. It’s been a while and we’re happy to be back. We missed you!We’ve got horrible news first, though. Julia, our cohost, passed away in January. We needed to take some time to honor her and also decide to do with the show.We’ve got some answers for you.Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
46:08 3/5/24
Books we're thankful for
It’s the holiday season, Should-Heads! Here are the books we’re most grateful for. LINKS:P!nk Donates Banned Books in Florida: MENTIONED:Julia: Big Summer (Jennifer Weiner), Everything Happens For a Reason: And other Lies I've Loved (Kate Bowler) and Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)Kelly: Somewhere Beyond the Sea (TJ Klune), Somehow: Thoughts on Love (Anne Lamott) and The Collected Regrets of Clover (Mikki Brammer)Rachael: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery), The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things (Carolyn Mackler) and Intuitive Eating (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
45:46 11/21/23
"The Woman in Me" by Britney Spears (with Kendell!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're back and what better topic to return with than the memoir that everyone's talking about? Kendell joins us to discuss who's the biggest villain in the story and the things that surprised us most. Major spoiler alerts for this one! BOOK NEWS LINKS:  LeVar Burton Hosts the National Book Awards Scholastic and Diverse Books Millie Bobby Brown and GhostwritersTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
70:40 10/31/23
You Should Read: The Nonfiction That’s Saving Kelly’s Life
Hi, Should-Heads! We’ve got an…interesting episode for you today! Kelly shares some life updates and the nonfiction that’s getting her through *gestures* all this.Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
30:01 9/19/23
Our Fall 2023 Most Anticipated Releases (with Kathy Coe!)
Should-heads, summer's almost over. Starbucks is selling pumpkin spice everything and Kelly's starting to think about her Halloween viewing choices. We've got the books you need to preorder or request from the library. BOOKS MENTIONED:Kathy: The Kingdom of Sweets (Erika Johansen), The Good Part (Sophie Cousens), Good Girls Don’t Die (Christina Henry), Midnight is the Darkest Hour (Ashley Winstead) and Stars in Your Eyes (Kacen Callender) Julia:  The Breakaway (Jennifer Weiner), Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself and Imposter Syndrome (Aparna Nancherla), The Bell in the Fog (Lev AC Rosen), The Woman in Me (Britney Spears) and Cleat Cute (Meryl Wilsner)Kelly: Down the Hill (Susan Hendricks), Plan A (Deb Caletti), Becoming the Boogeyman (Richard Chizmar), There's No Way I'd Die First (Lisa Springer) and In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America’s Child (Kim Cross) Rachael: The Vaster Wilds (Lauren Groff), Bookshops and Bone Dust (Travis Baldree), The Future (Naomi Alderman), The Fraud (Zadie Smith) and The Burnout (Sophie Kinsella)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
34:41 9/5/23
You Should Read: Books About Space (More or Less)
How do you feel about outer space, Shouldheads? Are you like Julia, where it's fascinating and something you want to know more about? Or are you like Kelly, where it's one of the scariest things to ponder? No matter where you fall in the debate, we've got some recommendations for you! BOOKS: Julia: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Becky Chambers), The Martian (Andy Weir) and Meet Me In Another Life (Catriona Silvey) Kelly: The Sound of Stars (Alechia Dow), Clues to the Universe (Christina Li) and We Dream of Space (Erin Entrada Kelly). Rachael: An Unkindness of Ghosts (Rivers Solomon), The Illuminae Files (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff) and Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
34:19 8/22/23
Rachael's guide to epic fantasy!
Hi, Should-Heads! Have you always wanted to try reading epic fantasy but don't know where to start? Or maybe you already like it but aren't sure of where to go next? Or possibly you have no idea because you're not even sure what that IS? Either way, don't worry: Rachael has come with suggestions. LINKS MENTIONED: Henrietta Lacks' family settles with biotech firm BOOKS MENTIONED: Legends and Lattes (Travis Baldree), The Green Rider series (Kristen Britain), the Graceling series (Kristin Cashore), the Lord of the Rings series (J.R.R. Tolkien), the Song of Ice and Fire series (George R.R. Martin), the Poppy War trilogy (R.F. Kuang), the Mirror Visitor quartet (Christelle Dabos) and the Mistborn series (Brandon Sanderson).Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
41:41 8/8/23
Books set in Maine (with Michael Koryta!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're back and we have a real treat for you today. Michael Koryta is back to discuss books set in Maine (including his newest, An Honest Man, which is out today!). Book news: Britney's BookPRH Layoffs and BuyoutsHarper Collins Layoffs Recommendations: Michael Koryta: Bag of Bones (Stephen King), When We Were the Kennedys (Monica Wood) and Into the Raging Sea (Rachel Slade) Julia: Evvie Drake Starts Over (Linda Holmes) and Town in a Blueberry Jam (B.B. Haywood) Rachael: Night of the Living Rez (Morgan Talty) and Maine (J. Courtney Sullivan) Kelly:  An Honest Man (Michael Koryta)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
60:06 7/25/23
New books for summer!
Hi, Should-Heads! It's summer, our favorite season! Time for fun, hopefully vacations and a lot of reading. We've got some of our favorites to discuss with you. NOTE: We are on vacation and will return with more books and fun in July! RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Julia: Before She Finds Me (Heather Chavez), Real Love (Rachel Lindsay) and The Seven Year Slip (Ashley Poston) Kelly: Summer Rental (Rektok Ross), The Only One Left (Riley Sager), Happy Place (Emily Henry), For Never & Always (Helena Greer), The Hotel Nantucket (Elin Hilderbrand) and The Breakaway (Jennifer Weiner) Rachael: The Cartographers (Peng Shepherd), Romantic Comedy (Curtis Sittenfeld) and Fellowship Point (Alice Elliott Dark)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
46:08 6/13/23
Time goes weird!
Hello, Should-Heads! Who doesn't love a good time-related story? Time loops, jumps, travel...we're in for any and all of them! Here are some of our favorites (and one we can't wait to read). Julia: The Rehearsals (Annette Christie), This Time Tomorrow (Emma Straub), Eternal Life (Dara Horn), The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (V. E. Schwab), Oona Out of Order (Margarita Montimore) and Off to Be the Wizard (Scott Meyer) Kelly: Throwback (Maurene Goo), Twice in a Lifetime (Melissa Baron) and The Good Part (Sophie Cousens) Rachael: Everything Matters (Ron Currie Jr.), Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver) and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (Josie Silver)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
46:53 5/30/23
Detective Novels (with Dorian Gray!)
Should-Heads, it's a little known fact but we love detective stories! Whether it's the thrill of trying to solve a mystery or the fun of spending thousands of pages with the same characters, there's not much better. In this episode we recommend some of our favorites (after we get through our absolutely unhinged recent acquisitions this week.)Book News:Illinois bans book bans (finally some good news!)Recommendations:Dorian: The Lavender House (AC Rosen), The Big Book of Female DetectivesJulia: Roderick Alleyn (Ngaio Marsh), Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Elle Cosimano)Kelly: VI Warshawski (Sara Paretsky), Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton), A Kind of Death (Josh Aterovis)Rachael: Mike Bowditch (Paul Doiron), Waverly Place duology (Sara Donati)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
60:25 5/16/23
Books for your Zodiac sign Part 3 (with Kendell!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're back to give you more recommendations based on your sign. This time, we discuss Virgo, Pisces and Gemini. (SPOILER: There is some Gemini slander)Book News:Tennessee goes after book publishers, maybeRecommendations:Julia (Virgo): How to Be Perfect (Michael Schur), Oh My God What a Complete Aisling (Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen) and Will (Will Smith)Kelly (Gemini): Reggie & Delilah’s Year of Failing (Elise Bryant), The Extraordinaries (TJ Klune) this is impulsive and If I See You Again Tomorrow (Robbie Couch) Rachael (Pisces): Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery), Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas) and The Bonesetter's Daughter (Amy Tan)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
59:43 5/2/23
Books about Mental Health
Hi, Should-Heads! How are you doing with all...this? If you're struggling, we get it and we're here with recs for you! NOTE: This episode deals with grief, anxiety, self-harm, depression and, while we don't delve too deeply into any of them, they are mentioned.Book News: Missouri may defund librariesMental Health recommendations:Julia: Adelaide (Genevieve Wheeler), Signal Fires (Dani Shapiro), Maame (Jessica George) and Darius the Great is Not Okay (Adib Khorram)Kelly: In Sight of Stars (Gae Polisner), Chaos Theory (Nic Stone), Broken in the Best Possible Way (Jenny Lawson) and Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers)Rachael: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman), Wild (Cheryl Strayed), Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple), The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
56:20 4/18/23
You Should Read: Meredith Alone (with Bekki!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're discussing Meredith, Alone in our latest book club episode. Julia picked it and we delve into the story with sidebars into self-care, our housebound survival kits and much more.We also share our favorite reads of the year so far.NOTE: Meredith, Alone contains depictions of sexual assault, self-harm and abuse. Also, there are spoilers in this episode.Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
70:05 4/4/23
You Should Read: Books About Sports
It's not exactly common knowledge, Should-Heads, but we love books about sports. We may not be huge fans of sports itself, but books about them? Yes, please! Links mentioned:Roald Dahl books updated...sort ofOur interview with Adib KhorramOur other interview with Adib KhorramOur interview with Alena DillonBooks mentioned:Julia: Carrie Soto is Back (Taylor Jenkins Reid), Tell the Rest (Lucy Jane Bledsoe) and The Happiest Girl in the World (Alena Dillon)Kelly: The Bridge From Me to You (Lisa Schroeder), Home Field Advantage (Dahlia Adler) and She Drives Me Crazy (Kelly Quindlen)Rachael: Demon Copperhead (Barbara Kingsolver), Bear Town (Fredrik Backman) and Darius the Great is Not Okay and Darius the Great Deserves Better (Adib Khorram)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
60:41 3/7/23
You Should Read: "Spare" by Prince Harry (with Kendell!)
Hear ye hear ye! Today we're discussing Spare, Prince Harry's memoir, and we are joined once again by our good friend Kendell! We break down all the juicy, and maybe not super surprising, moments of this royal reveal all. Who came off the worst? Were there any highlights? Did we even need this book? We get into it all! Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
44:13 2/21/23
We're Back, Baby!
Hi, Should-Heads! Our hiatus is over and we want to let you know what's ahead for us and the podcast. We discuss our upcoming episodes and our semi-embarrassing amount of recent acquisitions.If you've got book recommendations, topic ideas or want to come on the podcast, email or contact us on social media!Let the fun begin!LINKS MENTIONED:Harper Collins LayoffsRon DeSantis MemoirEmily MovieJen DeLuca Book DealTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
38:43 2/7/23
Bonus episode: Should-Talking (with Kendell!)
Okay, Should-Heads, the news of our hiatus was maybe a little over-exaggerated. (In our defense, the book world got a little busy and we had to discuss it.) It looks like 2023 is going to be quite the dramatic year!Links mentioned:Romeo & Juliet lawsuitHarper Collins strike updateSusan Meachin BooklyTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
69:45 1/10/23
You Should Read: Our 2023 Most Anticipated Books (with Kathy Coe and Bekki Fahrer)!
Can you believe it's 2023, Should-Heads? New year, new books, same unwieldy TBRs. Our friends Kathy and Bekki are here to discuss our most anticipated 2023 reads of the new year! (We've also each got some reading goals.)What books are you most excited for? Let us know!(NOTE: We're also taking a few weeks off, but plan to be back in February to discuss how these goals are going.)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
59:43 1/3/23
You Should Read (and Watch!): How the Grinch Stole Christmas (A Movies and a Meal crossover episode)
Once again we are stopping by the Movies and a Meal podcast to discuss holiday adaptations. This year we are reviewing three film adaptations of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It's become one of our favorite holiday traditions and we hope you enjoy! Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
62:06 12/20/22
You Should Read: Our favorite books of 2022 (with Kathy Coe and Bekki Fahrer!)
It’s almost 2023 and that means it’s time to reflect on the best books we read this year. As an added bonus, we’re joined by our friends Kathy and Bekki. Between the five of us, we’ll help you with last minute book gifts or how to spend any gift cards you’ll get. You’re welcome, Should-Heads.Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
89:49 12/13/22
You Should Read: Well Traveled (with author Jen DeLuca!)
Should-Heads, we had the best time discussing the Well Met series with its author, Jen DeLuca! Her next book, Well Traveled, is out on December 6 and you don’t want to miss this one!We also discuss Ren Faire, her writing process and, of course, got some great recommendations. If you’re in the mood for a sweet, delightful romance, absolutely check these books out.CONNECT WITH JEN DELUCA:Website: Twitter: @jaydee_ell FB: Instagram: @jendelucawritesTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
36:35 11/29/22
You Should Read: Season of Love (with author Helena Greer!)
Should-Heads, we've got a real treat for you today. We're joined by Helena Greer to discuss her debut novel, Season of Love! It's a rom-com with serious undertones about processing trauma but is also the sweetest, loveliest story. It'll definitely put you in the holiday spirit and is a perfect way to (as the tagline says) "make the Yuletide gay."Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
27:29 11/22/22
You Should Read: Books for Your Zodiac Sign, Part 2 (with Kendell!)
Should-Heads, we're back with more sign-specific book recs! This time, we're discussing our moon signs and our friend Kendell is back to help us choose the best books for our moon signs (Scorpio, Sagitarius and Capricorn). We're now half done with the Zodiac, but we'll get to everyone. Links Mentioned:DOJ Shuts Down Proposed Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster MergerHarper Collins Union Members on StrikeKelly/Scorpio:Election (Tom Perrotta), When Women Were Dragons (Kelly Barnhill) and Mistakes Were Made (Meryl Wilsner)Julia/Sagittarius:Honey & Spice (Bolu Babalola), Killers of a Certain Age (Deanna Raybourn) and Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Elle Cosimano)Rachael/Capricorn: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (Gabrielle Zevin), A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman) and Their Eyes Are Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
66:20 11/15/22
You Should Read: Holiday Books!
Tis the damn season, Should-Heads! We're here with recommendations of holiday reads and an inaugural segment of what you should watch/listen to! We've got picks (and a few we're excited for) to get you in the holiday spirit.Holiday Recommendations:Julia: Landline and If the Fates Allow (Rainbow Rowell), Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) and Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (the column)Kelly:  A Merry Little Meet Cute (Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone), Season of Love (Helena Greer), Kiss Her Once For Me (Alison Cochrun)Rachael: Christmas Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella), The Matzah Ball (Jean Meltzer) and The Holiday Swap (Maggie Knox)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
44:34 11/8/22
You Should Read: None of this Would Have Happened if Prince Were Alive (with author Carolyn Prusa!)
Hi, Should-Heads! We're excited to chat with Carolyn Prusa, the debut author of None of This Would Have Happened if Prince Were Alive! (Out November 22). It's a lighthearted novel about serious topics. Sidebar topics include elections, Stacey Abrams, Baltimore and, of course, Prince.Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
39:13 11/1/22
You Should Read: Nonfiction That Makes You Smarter
Hi, Should-Heads! We're here to discuss nonfiction, specifically the kind that makes us smarter. (We love celeb memoirs as much as the next person but we also enjoy books that make us better, more informed humans.) Look for the books mentioned in this episode on by using our affiliate link. When you buy using this link, you are supporting the podcast! AND if you use our code WYSR at checkout you can get your first two books for the price of one.  Check out our recommendations here:  Discussion links:National Book Award finalistsOur next book club book: Meredith, Alone (Claire Alexander)Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
52:49 10/18/22
You Should Read: Something. ANYTHING!
Hi, Should-heads! We've got a confession: for the first time, we're all reading less frequently than usual. While the amount of books read is not a referendum on our worth as people, readers or podcasters, it's still a marked change from our usual habits. And whether it's for good reasons or bad, it's still different. So we discuss what we're (not) reading and what we hope to finish before the end of the year. Recommendations welcome!Look for the books mentioned in this episode on by using our affiliate link. When you buy using this link, you are supporting the podcast! AND if you use our code WYSR at checkout you can get your first two books for the price of one.  Check out our recommendations here:  Discussion links:Big 5 ebook/audio termsAuthors, advocacy group wants fair terms for librariesOur next book club book: Meredith, Alone (Claire Alexander)Follow us: Twitter and Instagram: wysr_podcastTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
61:07 10/4/22
You Should Read: Back to School Books!
Should-Heads, we're well into September now and that means that it's back to school season. So sharpen your pencils, grab your Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and get ready to hit the books!Links Mentioned:Nora Roberts Saves the Day Interview with Liza WiemerLook for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on by using our affiliate link. When you buy using this link, you are supporting the podcast! AND if you use our code WYSR at checkout you can get your first two books for the price of one. Back to School Books:Julia: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark), The Testing Trilogy (Joelle Charbonneau) and Teacher Man (Frank McCourt)Kelly: Moxie (Jennifer Mathieu), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky), Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Louis Sachar) and The Assignment (Liza Wiemer)Rachael: Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery), The Nickel Boys (Colson Whitehead), A Separate Peace (John Knowles), The Awakening (Nora Roberts), Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty), The Magicians series (Lev Grossman), Flight Behavior (Barbara Kingsolver), Admissions (Kendra James) and Jay's Gay Agenda (Jason June)  Follow What You Should Read: Twitter:                 @wysr_podcast Instagram:                 @wysr_podcastTwitter and Instagram: wysr_podcast
46:58 9/13/22

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