The Pacific Northwest likes to read, and what better way to get book suggestions than to ask around? In this monthly feature, we ask prominent Northwest residents what books they’re reading, rereading and recommending — and why.

This month: Capitol Hill-based Chong the Nomad (real name Alda Agustiano), an up-and-coming Seattle producer and multi-instrumentalist, shares her literary picks.

Chong the Nomad

What book are you reading now?

I just finished the final book in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy (“The Amber Spyglass”), but haven’t picked up anything since.

What book have you reread the most?

I haven’t reread this book, but would definitely read it again and plan to! “Spectacular Now” by Tim Tharp. I remember reading it in high school, closing the book and thinking, “What am I doing with my life?” I resonated with it a lot because it did a good job of emulating that feeling teenagers have of wanting to live a crazy, high life. It’s the book version of the song “Royals” by Lorde. I was a teenager with strict parents so the book made me realize that “Royals”-like life wasn’t what I wanted, and it made me realize who I wanted to be.

What book do you recommend other people read and why?

I recommend the “Spectacular Now,” especially to readers in their teens!

— compiled by Yasmeen Wafai

(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)

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