After a year of focusing on reading over 100 books while recovering from a running injury, today’s guest Natalie Van Waning is sprinting enthusiastically toward many readers’ worst nightmare: Looooooong books. When I say long, I mean use them as a doorstop, tweak your wrist getting them off the shelf, 40-hours-on-Audible books. Natalie asked me to help her focus on quality instead of quantity, so I’m all geared up to recommend sweeping multi-generational sagas, tour-guide novels, and heart-tugging family stories.
Let’s get to it!
You can connect with Natalie Van Waning on her blog.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Author Rick Bragg (try My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South)
• Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, by Jeff Speck
• Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
• The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
• Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
• The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
• The Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
♥ Beach Music, by Pat Conroy
♥ Middlesex, by Jeffery Eugenides
♥ The Address, by Fiona Davis
• The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis
• The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis
▵ Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolf
• Ulysses, by James Joyce
• Climbing the Stairs, by Padma Venkatraman
• Family Poems for Every Day of the week: Poemas Familiares Para Cada Dia de la Semana, by Francisco X. Alarcón
• Ahimsa, by Supriya Kelkar
• Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
• The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
• The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
• A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
• The World According to Garp, by John Irving
• I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb
• She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
• Is listening to an audiobook “cheating”? via Daniel Willingham
• WSIRN Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge, with Ben Huntington
What do YOU think Natalie would enjoy reading next? And how do you feel about looooooong books? Tell us in the comments section!