Today’s guest is Bethany Armstrong, a lifelong reader who describes herself as the kind of kid who always had a book in her hand. After studying literature in college, Bethany suffered through a period of bookish burnout. (The worst, right?) But a surprising thing re-invigorated Bethany’s reading experience... you'll have to listen to find out what it was. 😉
Today Bethany’s reading life is thriving, and in this episode we dive into the specifics—we talk about how it’s alllllll about the story, and why it’s important for her to keep the balance in her reading life. When she shares the book she hates … well, and I understand why she thinks some of you will want to come after her with pitchforks when you find out what it is.
Housekeeping announcement: there will be no WSIRN episode on August 15th. As you know, my book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything is coming out on September 19, but what you probably don't know is that I have another book due soon! This one is scheduled to come out in 2018. Books don’t write themselves, and we’re taking a week off to make sure book #2 actually gets turned in on time. We’ll be back on August 22 with your regularly scheduled Tuesday morning episode.
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• The Polygamist’s Daughter, by Anna LeBaron
• 100 Cupboards, by N.D. Wilson
• I Got This: To Gold & Beyond, by Laurie Hernandez
• The Crowns of Croswald, by D.E. Night
• The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn
• When Crickets Cry, by Charles Martin
• The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Annie Barrows
• The Truth According To Us, by Annie Barrows
• The Ivy & Bean series, by Annie Barrows
• To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
• Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
• 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
• Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey
• Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives, by Michael Ruhlman
• The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America, by Michael Ruhlman
• The French Laundry Cookbook, by Thomas Keller
• The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah
• All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
• The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes
• Magic Hour, by Kristin Hannah
• Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah
• "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch & the limits of Southern liberalism", by Malcolm Gladwell via The New Yorker
• Malcom Gladwell interviewed on KET
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What do YOU think Bethany should read next? Let us know in the comments!