Jul 13, 2010
We have the best listeners and readers around and we always get wonderful feedback on topics we discuss. Today, it's an entire show filled with your thoughts, observations and a recommendation or two!
In episode 85, we talked about how we choose the next book from our to be read pile, and Shannon from Ohio called in to tell us about the way she uses the to read shelf on Goodreads.
In episode 82, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. We heard from two listeners: one who attended the Monroeville, AL celebration, and one who created a celebration of her own by rereading the book. (For more information on the documentary Hey, Boo, visit this site.)
Episode 84's question "Do you buy books or do you use the library?" led to several similar responses of "Both!" It's clear that book lovers need more than one way to get their fix!
Both Kristen, a librarian, and Ellen from Ohio called to weigh in on our Episode 83 topic, the importance of bestseller lists. We had so many responses to this topic and many people actively avoid reading books on bestseller lists. Anna Marie wrote to tell us about a book, on this subject, that she enjoyed: Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction by John Sutherland. Eric wrote in the comments section of the blog that he has decided to read the top bestsellers from every year since 1974, the year of his birth. That's quite an undertaking Eric. Keep us up-to-date on your progress! Pat emailed us about bestsellers and the other topic we discussed in episode 83, which was the city as character. She loves to read books set in a place she is planning on visiting, but can't find an easy way to search for books that way. Ann and I searched the web also and couldn't find anything. Anyone have suggestions for Pat? Ann also reminds us that your local booksellers are a great resource for queries like this.
Mark from Toronto called in a recommendation for Jose Saramago's Blindness. He recounts the way, as a bookseller, he would tell stories to sell stories. It's a wonderful call and it made both Ann and me want to pick up Blindness immediately! Please don't forget that we would love for you to call in your own recommendations. Our voicemail number is 209-867-7323.