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What You Should Read

Kelly Hager, Julia Hall, Rachael Hall

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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! https://forms.gle/QkN4uFtBTjnsGom88
 
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We're here to talk about historical fiction today, Should-heads! It's one of Rachael's favorite genres and we've got a bunch of great picks for you. Also, since we've been gone for a bit, our "recent acquisitions" are a little bit out of control. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When yo…
 
We're here to talk about our favorite celebrity memoirs! Topics include what makes a great one (SPOILER: it's gossip) and who we wish would write a tell-all book. We've got some great choices and all of our TBRs have significantly grown. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When you buy usi…
 
As the holidays approach, we know many will be hitting the road to see friends, family, and maybe an enemy or two. Pass the time on your road trip with an audio book, and we've got some great suggestions from Uncle Danny and Aunt Amy, two experts of both audio books and long road trips. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libr…
 
You Should Watch: The Second Season of the Babysitters Club! (with guest Alysia Lee) Should-Heads, have you watched the new season of the Babysitters Club yet? If not, we definitely recommend it. We do a deep dive into the season and its themes, plus we chat about personality quizzes, growing up, friendships and grief. Follow Alysia Lee: Website: h…
 
The year's practically almost over, Should-heads. We may not have done very well on our October reading, but we're hoping to finish the year strong. Also? The last two months are full of amazing book releases. (We would also do a joint recommendation for Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult, releasing at the end of November.) Currently reading: Julia…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's our last full episode before Halloween, but don't worry we have more of 13 days of Kellowe'en ahead! Today we're joined by our friend Kim to chat about our favorite vampire books. Why are we so into these books? And why is blood-drinking so...hot? (At least sometimes.) Currently reading: Julia: Book slump Kelly: The Man and H…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Welcome to more 13 Days of Kelloween! We're joined by Kelly's friend and Press Play and Scream podcast cohost Joshua Bermont to discuss horror as metaphor. Movies mentioned: Candyman, Get Out, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, People Under the Stairs and Music of the Heart. Press Play and Scream Twitter: https://twitter.…
 
Oh, Should-Heads! Today is Kelly's favorite episode. We discuss movies that Julia and Rachael will likely never see: James Wan's newest feature Malignant and Hell House, LLC. Other films discussed include The Exorcist and its sequels and prequels. We are thrilled as always to be joined by The Other Mrs. Miller author Allison Dickson (aka our Steve …
 
Welcome to another 13 Days of Kelloween! Today, we're discussing witches and the books that make us love them...with author Erin Sterling! We loved Ex Hex and so we're very excited to get more witchy recs. Books mentioned: The Witching Hour (Anne Rice), The Witch's Daughter (Paula Brackston), Garden Spells (Sarah Addison Allen) and Sanctuary (V.V. …
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Welcome to Kelloween, a 13-day celebration of all things scary, spooky, gory, and macabre. To kick us off today we are joined by our friend Kathy to discuss true crime. We've got podcast, book and movie recs, plus our true crime podcast homage: the weekly distraction. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of violence…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to discuss The Ex Hex! We all absolutely loved it and had the best time chatting with author Erin Sterling. We also do a deep dive into the Bad Art Friend saga (read the link to follow the story that took over book Twitter this week) and join us as we discuss love, witchcraft and curses. Currently reading: Julia: …
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Sometimes it seems like Julia got the idea to start a podcast just so she could talk about how great Spoiler Alert is. (If that's true, it's definitely the best possible reason.) We had a great time with Olivia Dade chatting about fandom and ships, obviously, but also minotaurs, ranch dressing and representation. Other books discu…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're joined by our friend Kathy to share some of the best releases out in October! We also discuss being intentional with reading choices and oh hey, did you know Julia had a birthday recently? Currently reading: Julia: Defy the Night (Brigid Kemmerer) and Please Don't Sit on my Bed In Your Outside Clothes (Phoebe Robinson) Kelly…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We spent last Friday going to some of the bookstores in Baltimore and DC! (There are a bunch we missed, so hopefully there will be a part two the next time Rachael comes to Baltimore!) We visited five bookstores and were joined by Kindred Spirit of the Pod Bekki Fahrer for three of them. It was a great day and became a Very Expens…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's technically fall and we are ready for it. Bring on your apple cider, comfy clothes and...all things scary?! (If you're Kelly.) Book News: Reader infographic: https://blog.bookbaby.com/2020/08/the-reading-habits-of-five-generations-infographic/ Currently Reading: Julia: Grown (Tiffany D. Jackson) Kelly: The Lost Girls (Sonia H…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to be talking with Debbie Rigaud, one of our new favorite authors! Her most recent book is Simone Breaks All the Rules, but we delve into her backlist (including a royal rom-com), what it's like to work with Alyssa Milano and so much more. Check out the gorgeous cover for her upcoming release, A Girl's Guide to Lo…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're about to be incredibly optimistic and share the five books we're each determined to read before the end of the year. Will we do it, or are we setting ourselves up for failure? Book News: Stephen King short story: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/humble-charity-red-screen-stephen-king-books Supply chain problems: https://ww…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! This is the last podcast of the summer and we are ready for fall. And a new season means a bunch of new books. September has so many amazing reads and I'm honestly not sure how we narrowed it down to five each (that's a lie. Julia and her threats helped us narrow it down). Book News: PRH and preorders: https://www.publishersweekly…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It feels like it's been forever, doesn't it? That makes this episode all the more appropriate; we're discussing Locked in Time, a favorite of Kelly's and her best friend Jen's, and a book that's about people that actually have been living forever (or fairly close to it). We also discuss more childhood favorites and our current pop…
 
While Julia was back in Maine, she and Rachael (and Rachael's husband Will) spent a day driving from bookstore to bookstore. Stops include multiple locations of Sherman's Books, Bull Moose and Mockingbird Books. See highlights from the trip on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WYSR_Podcast/status/1417807555066269700 Or Instagram: https://www.instagram.c…
 
Hello, Should-Heads! We're back with a longer than usual episode (and a fourth host!) and we have a lot to talk about. It's a book club episode and there are spoilers, but we talk about faith and doubt, purpose, colonialism, the rush to judgment, the perils of re-reading a favorite book and much, much more. Discussion links: https://www.themarysue.…
 
The summer's almost over, Should-Heads. Fall is coming, with its pumpkin spice everything, cooler nights and Halloween preparations (if you're Kelly). But before we get there, there are a lot of great releases in August. Discussion link: Amanda Knox's Twitter thread https://twitter.com/amandaknox/status/1420871392266911746?s=20 Currently Reading: J…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode features a discussion about murder and violence toward women, children and animals. Sexual assault and suicide are also discussed and described. Hi, Should-Heads! We're going to discuss true crime in today's episode. It's been getting increasingly popular over the past few years and has taken over podcasts, Netflix, ca…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're back and we missed you (and each other)! We also have the best and most fun episode for you today. Danny and Amy Knowles travel around in their RV and listen to audiobooks. But how do you choose what to listen to? And how do you keep from getting lost if the book is really great? (OK, that may only be a concern for Kelly, wh…
 
Happy summer Should-Heads! This week we are taking time off to indulge in some summer reads by the pool (or in air conditioned apartments. Hey, it's summer, do what you want!) Please enjoy this special bonus re-release of our third ever podcast episode, where we recommend our favorite summer reads. Aww baby podcasters!…
 
Oh, Should-Heads. After the expensive months that were May and June, things are slowing down a little bit. (But only a little bit.) There are great books coming out this month, too, but July looks to be more of a reading month than a buying month. Our wallets and library hold lists are feeling very grateful for this. Book News: Goodreads bad review…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We are here to discuss our favorite reads of 2021 so far, and it was hard to narrow it down to five each! We're also joined by our friend (and tastemaker of the pod) Kathy Coe! While we could each have easily named another five books each (or 10, or 20), we're pleased with this list. No matter your taste, there's definitely someth…
 
Should-heads, you are in for a treat! We are joined by Tessa Bailey, here to talk to us about her upcoming release It Happened One Summer (out July 13). This Schitt's Creek-inspired novel is clever, sweet and scorching hot. We all loved it and it is perfect for poolside or beach reading, preferably with an umbrella drink. You need this book in your…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We are absolutely delighted to present our latest book club episode. We all loved Honey Girl and do a deep dive into parental expectations, love stories vs. romance, microaggressions, the importance of chosen family and what to do when your Plan doesn't work out. And are we really going to go monster hunting ourselves? We just mig…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're skipping the introduction so we have more time to discuss the amazing books out in June. We've got so, so many to choose from and we're excited to hear what you're looking forward to. So good luck to our wallets and our free time. Books mentioned in this episode: Julia: Darling (K Ancrum), God Spare the Girls (Kelsey McKinne…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're three podcasters who are delighted to talk to you about British rom-com novels! It's one of Rachael's wheelhouse categories and she has a lot of fantastic recommendations. Links mentioned in this episode: While Justice Sleeps sequels: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/newswire/for-readers/2021/05/21/when-justice-sleeps-will-…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to talk about Asian authors this week and it's a lot of great books over multiple genres. We've got some amazing books to share and we'd love to hear any recommendations you have for us! Links mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Stop Asian Hate! and donate or get involved here: https://stopaapihate.org/act…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, we are so excited to share our conversation with Alena Dillon! Her second novel, The Happiest Girl in the World, was one of Julia's most anticipated books for April and for good reason. It's a ripped-from-the-headlines story that's infuriating and devastating in equal measure. Currently Reading: Julia: Tokyo Ever After (Emi…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're here to share our most anticipated May reads and this month is practically guaranteed to be both fantastic and very, very expensive. We also revisit our April most anticipated reads. What books are you excited for? And why are almost all the best ones coming out on May 4th? Links mentioned in this episode: Authors band toget…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Mother's Day is coming up and we're discussing our favorite mother/daughter books! Some of them are the ones you'd imagine and some of them are about moms we're glad we didn't have. Like any relationship, though, it can be complicated and we discuss that, too. Use the promo code WHATYOUSHOULDREAD to get two books for the price of …
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, we discuss one of Julia's "wheelhouse" books: the short story collection. (Everyone has wheelhouse books; the ones that, for whatever reason, they are guaranteed to buy.) We'll be exploring more of our wheelhouse books in future episodes. Do you like short stories? If so, which are your favorites? ALSO, we are excited to an…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, Miracle Creek author Angie Kim comes back to discuss Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's our third book club book, and we absolutely loved it. There's a lot to ponder (what makes us human? can we ever be 100% known, even by ourselves?) and it would take multiple episodes to fully cover this book. Buy it, read it, list…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! If you're like us, you probably already have more unread books than you could possibly ever finish...and still have a really unfortunate book habit anyway. Today, we discuss the April releases we're most excited for and, as you'd expect, there are a lot of them. Links mentioned in this episode: New Richard Wright novel: https://ww…
 
You're in for a real treat today, Should-Heads! We're joined by Sonali Dev, author of the Bollywood series and the Rajes family series. We're huge fans of hers and if you aren't already, this episode will do the trick. She's got some great recommendations and we didn't think it was possible but somehow we've gotten even more excited for Incense and…
 
Hello, Should-Heads! Why do we love retellings so much? Why is it so fun and (honestly a little comforting) to read these tales as old as time? We ponder these questions, share our favorite ones and debate where the line is between "homage" and "fanfiction." Links from show: Dawn from Netflix's Babysitters Club has been recast. https://www.eonline.…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're joined by Allison Dickson (the Steve Martin of our podcast!) and we're discussing "good for her!" books about women who are righting wrongs in various ways (some of those ways are violent). In light of everything going on right now, even being who you are can be a revolutionary act. Links mentioned in this episode: Pandemic …
 
Hi, Should-Heads and welcome to one of our more expensive episodes. Our friend Stephanie Henderson joined us to discuss Black speculative fiction, and she's got a lot of great recommendations. You'll definitely want to get every one you don't already have. It's a really fun conversation and there are so many great books out; we're very lucky. Links…
 
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