Sunday, December 4, 2011
365 Photos Day 335
One of my patrons asked if I'd read this yet. Nope, I'd been avoiding it because it looked like one of THOSE books. (THOSE books=something that is rather like an Oprah book, most of which make me want to run away screaming)
"I think you'd like it. Give it a try," she said.
"Lalalalala," I said.
Then I got to thinking about it. I recommend books to my patrons, but it really should be a two-way street I think. If I don't value their "hey, you should read this" moments, then they might stop valuing mine. Sure, getting people hooked up with the right book is part of being a librarian, but in a way, it's more a shared love of reading that's the bond.
So, I did what I usually do when faced with a book I just do NOT want to read.
I get the audio. Somehow when I outsource the actual reading it's a whole lot easier for me.
And within the first 2 tracks, I was entranced.
Part of it is the different readers doing a wonderful job (bad readers=forget it, life's too short) and really bringing the characters to life. Part of it is the way it's written--in epistolary format, through letters back and forth.
Or maybe it's the right book at the right time.
In any case, I'll be telling her how much I like it. And definitely thanking her for her recommendation.