Today’s guest has reached a crossroads in her reading life, and she’s come to me looking for a jump start for this new season.
Beth Wallen describes herself as a lifelong learner, and she’s about to have more time open up in her schedule to challenge herself, learn new things, and dive deeper into topics that already fascinate her. This is truly a precious opportunity, and Beth really has the guts to go against the grain of her usual reading taste, which makes for interesting and exciting literary matchmaking!
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Now… let’s get to Beth’s episode!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
• Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
• 36 Books That Changed the World, from The Great Courses
• How Great Science Fiction Works, from The Great Courses
• Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy, from The Great Courses
• The Dry, by Jane Haper
• The Lost Man, by Jane Harper
• Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks
• This Republic of Suffering: Death and American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust
• Columbine, by Dave Cullen
• We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
• The Pioneers: The Heroid Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, by David McCullough
• Author Willa Cather (try Shadows on the Rock)
• These Is My Words, by Nancy Turner
♥ Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
• The Republic of Imagination, by Azar Nafisi
• The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
• Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis
• The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
♥ Good Morning Midnight, by Lily Brooks-Dalton
• Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
♥ The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart
• The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
▵ His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
• Rush, by Lisa Patton
• The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
• Children of Blood & Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
• The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon
• So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
• The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, by Anissa Gray
• A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
• The Huntress, by Kate Quinn
• The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
• City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
• The Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
• The Light from Other Stars, by Erika Swyler
• Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman
• In Praise of Wasting Time, by Alan Lightman
• The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew, by Alan Lightman
• On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
• A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute
What do YOU think Beth should read next?