PodcastThe art of a great reading experience

The art of a great reading experience

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Today’s guest is an oil and watercolor painter who appreciates the power of both art and books to tell a story.

Gina Ariko Marioni grew up in a family of immigrants and artists, and as a child she embraced reading as a way of understanding more about the world around her. While she’s traditionally loved a good coming-of-age story or a tale set in the art world, recently she found her reading selections mostly fall into two categories: extremely serious and weighty non-fiction and breezy, escapist, easy-to-read novels. Gina’s not happy about how black and white her reading life has become, and she’s looking for some help in expanding her palette.

In our conversation today, I offer Gina some ideas for the complex, introspective stories that spark those feelings of surprise and delight she’s looking for in her reading life right now.

Listen to What Should I Read Next? on Apple Podcasts, Spotifyor your preferred podcast app — or scroll down to press play and listen right in your web browser.


See what Gina is reading and painting by following her on on Instagram and her website, ginaariko.com

Books mentioned:

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant ?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha

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