Readers before we get into today’s guest and the books she’s looking for I have an answer to a question I’ve been hearing a lot in the past year. Episode 175’s guest Michelle Wilson asked, blog commenters have asked, and I’ve heard it in real life. Readers are looking for books about women who aren’t in their 20s and 30s! But they don’t want quirky old ladies or magical grandmothers. Michelle and plenty of other readers want older protagonists who are real and relatable, whose fictional lives are similar to their own.
Since this topic keeps coming up I also wrote a blog post dedicated to stories that put older female protagonists front and center! Head on over if you need some seasoned female protagonists in your life.
Now for today’s guest…
Keren Form is a self-professed mega nerd who loves everything from LOTR, and board games, and epic science fiction. We’re having a great discussion today about what it really means to be a nerd, and how her wholehearted enthusiasm has sent her on many life-enriching adventures. Even if you hear “science fiction” or “fantasy” and think “nope, not for me,” I think you’ll find something to love in this episode — my recommendations could just as easily be recommendations of a history lover, or a crime drama fanatic, or a romance-loving YA fan.
Let’s get to it!
You can follow Keren’s travels and gaming enthusiasm on Instagram.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
• Thud!, by Terry Pratchett
• The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkein
♥ Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
• To Say Nothing Of the Dog, by Connie Willis
♥ Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
• Wayward Son, by Rainbow Rowell
♥ Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
▵ The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
• The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
• The Broken Earth Trilogy, by N. K. Jemisin
• The City of Brass, by S. A. Chakraborty
• Recursion, by Blake Crouch
• A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer
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What do YOU think Keren should read next?