This week we’re continuing our celebration of Summer reading with Zibby Owens, host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. I had the pleasure of visiting Zibby on her show a little while ago, and today it’s my turn to host.

Zibby and I are chatting about what we’re excited to read this Summer, whether those books are brand new or quite old. Many of you will be happy to hear that Zibby is an avid reader of memoirs, so get ready for a slew of summer-ready non-fiction recommendations for your TBR. 

Let’s get to it! 

You can visit Zibby and learn more about Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books on her website.


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Books mentioned in this episode:

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The Language of Goldfish by Zibby Oneal
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Persuasion by Jane Austen
● Author Deborah Crombie (try A Bitter Feast)
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
● Author Louise Penny (start with Still Life)
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Empty by Susan Burton
Beach Read by Emily Henry
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Want by Lynn Steger Strong
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
Grand by Sara Schaefer
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott

Also mentioned:

Anne’s episode of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
WSIRN Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year, w/ Liberty Hardy
● Anne’s famous summer book crate

What are you adding to YOUR crate of summer reads?

If you’re excited about reading, but are never sure what to read next, the MMD 2020 Summer Reading Guide is for you. Skip the overwhelm, bypass the much-buzzed-about-but-underwhelming and find your next great read. Click here to get your copy!

17 Comments
  1. Kelly Gerga 1 year ago

    This may be my favorite episode yet! I am so excited about every single book mentioned today that I am almost having a panic attack. I love summer reading and I can’t wait to get ahold of these books. Thank you Anne and Zibby!

    • Author
      Anne 1 year ago

      Kelly, I’m excited that you’re excited! Thanks so much for listening.

  2. Evangelina 1 year ago

    I got so excited when you folks were discussing V.E. Schwab! I’ve been so looking forward to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. While I personally prefer her Shades of Magic series (it’s that good type of fantasy that reminds me of being a kid and gobbling down massive books about magical worlds), the Villains series is excellent and the Vengeful audiobook was what ignited my love for listening to books. Hope you enjoy!

    • Author
      Anne 1 year ago

      I’m glad to hear that. Thanks, Evangelina!

    • Emily 1 year ago

      I came to say the same thing (first time commenting actually, if that demonstrates my excitement). I think V.E. Schwab is incredible and I was thrilled to hear Anne mention her!

  3. Jan Farnworth 1 year ago

    A book series i think you might like Anne that my friends recommended is a book series that is way out side my safety net of fantasy stories. It a family based story that has echoes of Harry Potter childhood with out the magic check out Only time will tell by Jeffrey Archer. I listened to it on audiobook and it was really good and this just the first book in the series.

  4. Shea 1 year ago

    I just finished this episode and loved it! The Jane Eyre and Les Mis at the beach made me laugh, because although we weren’t beach vacationers, I remember being in my backyard reading Sense and Sensibility with a dictionary and a notebook so that I could look up any words I didn’t know and write down the definitions. Just for fun. That was not an assigned book or activity. Glad to find other nerdy kindred spirits. 🙂

  5. Anne Galton 1 year ago

    This was such a great episode! So many great books were discussed. I have so many books I am excited to read this summer, but now I want to put those on hold to read Louise Penny! I read Still Life last fall and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read any other in the series yet.

  6. Debi Morton 1 year ago

    I can’t so tickled during this episode at the milk crate conversation. It shows the age disparity between you and your guest, and me and others who are older. In our day everyone who went to college and lived in an apartment had at least one milk crate. You built book shelves with the crates upside down and 2×4’s on them. Either the crates or cement bricks. The grocery stores put them out back and always knew the college students would forage for them.
    Also, Anne, as to The NY Times article, you can usually get three articles for free each month before hitting a paywall. So I was able to read it with just a reminder that i only have one article left in May.
    I also thoroughly enjoyed this episode and added even more books to my TBR.

  7. Miranda F. 1 year ago

    I dropped my phone when you started talking about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! I received an ARC in March and it might be one of my top 5 books now! For Schwab’s adult books I’d suggest starting with Shades of Magic. The world building alone makes my heart soar. I’m so excited for you Anne and this journey you’re about to embark upon!

  8. Anna 1 year ago

    Adding Beach Read and The Invisible Half to my TBR. What was the YA book you mentioned? Letter Library? Thank you for a wonderful episode.

    • Anna 1 year ago

      Nevermind! It was Words in Deep Blue!

  9. Lorraine 1 year ago

    It was so nice to hear The Language of Goldfish mentioned at the top of the show. That book had such a profound effect on me when I read it in junior high. It was my first introduction to the concept of mental illness. The story, and the feelings I had surrounding it, stayed with me for many, many years.

  10. Suzy Bennett 1 year ago

    I’m looking for the “Seven Things I Learned in September“ – about how you screen shot notes. If it’s in the notes, I’ve overlooked it. But I’m interested in your system.

  11. Deborah Hubbert 1 year ago

    Dear Anne– I’m not a critical person but I think this is something you will want to know. If you really want to sound like a true Scots, you must pronounce Edinburgh correctly. The second half is pronounced BURRA. Love you lots I love your podcast and I’ve already bought my first book off this summer reading guide — The Jane Austen Society and can’t wait. 🤩

  12. Cathy Clemmons 1 year ago

    What was the name of the subscription for kids books mentioned in this episode??

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