Our Favorite Fiction and Why We Read It (Ep. 169)
Jul 24 2017
We talk a lot about nonfiction, but is that all we read? We go over why fiction's worth taking seriously, along with a few of our favorite books. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom's Books: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Martin's Books: The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures, by Gene Yang, Michael DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko (also see The Promise, which takes place after the series) Other links: Tom on Goodreads Martin on Goodreads Crash Course Tom's Impossible List How Ben Franklin Structured His Day The Procrastination Equation: An In-Depth Breakdown (Ep. 167) How to Make Consistent Progress on Your Goals (Even If You're Lazy) Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl Buffer - The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction Cuckoo's Egg, by Clifford Stoll Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by Gabriel García-Márquez (Spanish version) How to Remember More of What You Learn with Spaced Repetition 9 Life-Changing Books (Ep. 96) Neuromancer, by William Gibson The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll A Crash Course on How to Start Investing (Even If You’re in Debt) (Ep. 168) Listen Money Matters Cryptonomicon Tom's Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books! The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss Rogues, by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and more (the anthology with a story about one of the characters from The Kingkiller Chronicle) Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson Marvel Unlimited Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson The Metropolitan Man, by Alexander Wales Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!