This week I’m chatting with Keith Watts, a Seattle resident who credits Star Wars with making him a reader, and Top Gun for making him a history major. Keith and I discuss what it’s like to grow up in a house full of books as a kid, and how he later had to assume responsibility for shaping his own reading life as an adult.
Today we get into how and why his preferred reading format has changed with his stage of life, and why he passionately believes one of the most popular books of the last few years is objectively terrible. I was especially excited to talk to Keith because he’s devoted to a genre some of you listeners have said doesn’t get enough love here on What Should I Read Next. Today, we’re making amends.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Yeager: An Autobiography, by Chuck Yeager
• The Truce at Bakura, by Kathy Tyers
• author Robert A. Heinlein
• author Isaac Asimov
• The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson
• The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
• Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey
• Lock In, by John Scalzi
• The Passage, by Justin Cronin
• Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
• Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
• Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, & Their Battle for Speed & Glory at Le Mans, by A. J. Baime
• Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer
• Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder
• Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
• The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
• Maniac McGee, by Jerry Spinelli
• The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisen
• The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkein
• A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
• Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
• Six Four, Hideo Yokoyama
• The People In The Trees, by Hanya Yanigahara
• A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
• Salvation of a Saint, by Keigo Higashino
• Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw, by Mark Bowden
• Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden
• The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
• The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
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What do YOU think Keith should read next? Tell us in comments.