"We’re both literary minded," Patterson said. "We’ve also developed a shared interest in board games, so I thought about the books and games that are most important to us."
Harry Potter is a favorite of theirs, and Patterson picked the sixth installment because it has a chapter called "The Unbreakable Vow." It’s also Mize’s favorite book from the series.
The Iliad and The Odyssey are nods to Mize's job as a Latin teacher. "They're one of the first books he lent to me," Patterson elaborated.
Pandemic is a cooperative board game in which players work together to save the world from disease — which is fitting, given Patterson's future as a doctor.