Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s guest Kate Mitchell has experienced polar opposites in her reading life, going from a period of time when reading was literally her job, to stretches where reading was literally impossible because of chronic illness. Today Kate is sharing some of the wisdom she’s gained on her roller coaster of a reading life, including practical tips for how to accept reality and adapt your reading life if you’re having a rough go of it yourself.
We’re also chatting about what realism looks like in the fantasy genre, books wayyyy too big to keep in your purse, and Kate gives me the student-debt-free cheat sheet to reading like you’ve got a Masters degree in literature. (Her answer, I was happy to hear, involves highlighters.) Let’s get to it!
You hear more from Kate Mitchell about her reading life and chronic illness at katethealmostgreat.com.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
• The Percy Jacksons series, by Rick Riordan
• White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin J. DiAngelo
♥ Outlander, by Diana Gabeldon
♥ Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
♥ World Without End, by Ken Follett
▵ The Shadow of the Wind, by Carolos Ruiz Zafón
• Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
• The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi
• Lost and Wanted, by Nell Freudenberger
• The Sunne in Splendour, by Sharon Kay Penman
• Richard III, by William Shakespeare
• Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
What do you think Kate should read next? Tell us in the comments section!