The book world has been abuzz with news of James Comey’s forthcoming memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, for a while now, but this week, the former FBI director gave book nerds another reason to talk about him. In an interview with The New York Times, Comey admitted to liking John Green’s books, and as if that truth bomb isn’t enough, the author himself reacted to the news, and his response is everything.
In an interview in The New York Times Book Review‘s “By The Book,” Comey opened up about his reading habits, his favorite genres, his literary inspirations, and more. For most readers, it’s probably unsurprising to learn that most of his TBR pile is filled with nonfiction titles like Grant by Ron Chernow and The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid. It’s also probably not that shocking to learn that he’s drawn to biographies and social psychology titles, and that his literary hero is the honorable and honest Atticus Finch. What is shocking, however, is Comey’s apparent love for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which the former FBI director listed as one of the books readers might be surprised to find on his bookshelf. He also named Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series and Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, but those admissions pale in comparison…
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