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Thought Stack: Design Principles, Mental Models, & Cognitive Biases

Jun 9, 2017

I remember reading Othello back in high school…

It was bound in a bright blue paperback sleeve with the word “Sparknotes” written above the title.

I know. Sparknotes isn’t the same thing as reading the book. But I was young and at that time, Shakespeare didn’t interest me the way Final Fantasy VII did.

Imagine my relief when I heard that our guest for today’s podcast — Roy Lotz, one of the top reviewers on Goodreads — also wasn’t into reading back in the day, I felt relieved. He’s since found a love of reading and has read over 550 books...cover to cover.

He writes some of the best book reviews on Goodreads, which made me ask the question, “How can a guy go from reading Sparknotes in high school to reading 500+ books and becoming an amazing writer?”

I decided to reach out to him. Thankfully, Roy took some time to talk with me.

Here’s what I learned.