It’s Thursday! And on this Thursday Paul and I have a nostalgic episode on the genre that made us readers: fantasy.

Both of us grew up going to the mall and browsing the fantasy shelves of the B. Dalton bookstore. These books, in many ways, are the foundation to our reading as youth. Yet we both ventured away about twenty years ago, though I have returned to the genre a bit recently — to great results. This episode is about fantasy, but we talk a lot about reading as children, what makes books important to us, whether it’s worth reading genre fiction at all (of course it is!). We hope you enjoy it.

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