One doesn’t get to the pinnacle of “Jeopardy!” success without reading a few books. And Ken Jennings, the winningest contestant on the long-running game show, reads some pretty niche stuff. So much so that he’s imploring his social media followers to avoid following along with his “insane” Twitter book club.
It’s not a true book club in the sense that it meets on a weekly basis to discuss a selected text. But still, fans love to know what books their favorite celebrity personalities are reading. The problem for Ken Jennings is that whenever he’s asked what he’s reading, his answers always seem totally off the wall. See for yourself.
1950s UFO cults? Comics? It’s an eclectic mix, without a doubt. But there are plenty of people out there who would love to follow along with these selections.
‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings May Have Accidentally Started a Book Club
After seeing the “Jeopardy!” icons ‘currently reading’ list, fans on Twitter were immediately on board. Even though Jennings jokingly told them not to, people are definitely planning on following along.
“What is the name of the book on ‘50s UFO cults? I have been fascinated in this subject since reading about it in books and magazines like Skeptical Inquirer. Does it cover people like George Adamski and Valiant Thor?” One UFO cult enthusiast wrote.
“wait no, I do want to join your twitter book club,” another reader added.
And at least one person found the interesting mix of books to be completely normal.
I’m currently reading Hamnet, a book about ’70s Bollywood action films, The Count of Monte Cristo, a children’s book in French, and The Strange Tale of Panorama Island — your list seems pretty normal to me,” they wrote.
When Ken Jennings Won the ‘Greatest of All Time’ Tournament
Though he’s been busy hosting “The Chase” and guest-hosting “Jeopardy!,” fans will remember the Greatest of All Time tournament from early 2020.
It saw Ken Jennings go head to head to head in a game of “Jeopardy!” with Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, two of the other most accomplished players of all time. Jennings emerged victorious, taking home an impressive purse of $1 million. But even more exciting for him was how many eyes it brought to “Jeopardy!”
I could not have been happier when I saw those ratings. ‘Jeopardy!’ and ABC were blown away by those numbers. I love that the show is such a stalwart. Tonight’s episode of ‘Jeopardy!’ almost down to the second will be the same as an episode of ‘Jeopardy!’ from 1995 or 1985. They got it right the first time. And there’s just not a lot that’s like that in our culture, that never dumbed down or sped up,” Jennings told the Deseret News in 2020.