In today’s episode, I talk with Emily Carter, a Florida reader who thought she was too smart to be reading certain kinds of books—and, as you’ll hear, my own experience here was quite similar. But then Emily entered a season when she was busy and stressed, and she discovered that the genre she’d once categorically dismissed was full of books that were exactly what her lackluster reading life needed.
As a fellow repentant book snob, I loved our conversation about what we miss out on as readers when we seal ourselves off from whole sections of the bookstore, how our misperceptions can be corrected with the help of our fellow readers, and how we can take smart chances on books outside our readerly comfort zones.
Let’s get to it!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
● The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang
● Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
♥ The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
♥ The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley
♥ The Worth Saga, by Courtney Milan
▵ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
● The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
● The Van Apfel Girls are Gone, by Felicity McLean
● The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
● Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay
● The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams
● John Adams, by David McCullough
● Abigail Adams, by Woody Holton
● Grand Union, by Zadie Smith
● Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat
● Everything Inside, by Edwidge Danticat
● Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
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What do YOU think Emily should read next? Is there a genre you intially wrote off, but came to love over time?