The sponsored post on the main page is for a contest to win a Kindle. Which is fine. But the introduction says:
Ever look at a bestseller list, and think, "If I read all those books, I'd morph into a more intelligent, interesting, and impressive version of myself"? Well, it's time to become the most intellectually intimidating you possible.
I think the Studioatgawker folks have not looked at a bestseller list lately. Without saying anything about the worthiness of these books as such, here are the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists from the venerable New York Times.
1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
2. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King
3. COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
4. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
5. INFERNO, by Dan Brown
6. CROSS MY HEART, by James Patterson.
7. TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich
8. THE GODS OF GUILT, by Michael Connelly
9. THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom
10. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks
1. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer
2. KILLING JESUS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
3. LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
4. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell
5. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
6. THE BULLY PULPIT, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
7. I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
8. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, by Jordan Belfort
9. MIRACLES AND MASSACRES, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck
10. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman
Okay, the nonfiction list is better than the fiction list (Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel prize winner), but when I want to be intellectually intimidating, I am not going to reach for Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Bill O' Reilly or Glenn fucking Beck. Jeez.