By Adrienne Fontaine, Publicist
I very rarely buy books online. I’d rather support the few independent bookstores that are left in my neighborhood and the local Barnes & Noble. One of the things I do like about Amazon is Goodreads, the virtual book club. Real-life book clubs are hard to maintain; people have unreliable schedules, busy lives, and things happen. Goodreads is great because, most of the time, you’re not reading the same book as your friends (or “followers”). Everyone maintains their own libraries, with bookshelves full of books they’ve either read, are reading, or want to read. People review and rate them, and also have the option of sharing their activity on their social media feeds. I love seeing what my friends who live far away are reading, what they’ve loved, and what they didn’t like at all. I’m usually surprised when someone gives two stars to a book I rated as a four, or vice versa. And it comes in handy when I share similar tastes with someone and see that they gave a book a poor rating or review. I generally don’t waste my time, based on their feedback.
It’s fun to talk about books you’ve read, but it’s even more fun to talk about books you want or plan on reading. The Goodreads “To-Read” resource is handy for keeping track of those, allowing you to build a list which you can reference when you’re in the bookstore. Here are some books that are in my “to-read” list (descriptions and pictures all from Barnes&Noble):
The Duel, by Anton Chekhov
“The escalating animosity between two men with opposed philosophies of life is played out against the backdrop of a seedy resort on the Black Sea coast.” – Click on the link for more.
Lizz Free or Die, by Lizz Winstead
“Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today’s most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice.”
Talking to Ourselves: A Novel, by Andrés Neuman
“Three narratives–of father, son, and mother—each embody one of the different ways that we talk to ourselves: through speech, through thought, and through writing. While neither of them dares to tell the complete truth to the other two, their individual voices nonetheless form a poignant conversation.”
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray
“With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, “Skippy Dies “is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members.”
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