Nov 3, 2010
Since this is episode 101, we thought we'd talk a little bit about who we are and what we do here at Books on the Nightstand, along with some nuts and bolts that newer listeners might not know about. If you are new to Books on the Nightstand, welcome! This is a great place to start. If you've been with us for awhile, we hope you learn something new today. If you are getting this via email or RSS reader, please click through to the website where you can listen to the audio.
It's Books on the Nightstand 101 -- a collection of tips and tricks to getting the most out of both the podcast and the website.
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In the second segment, we answer two of the most popular questions that were asked in our recent listener survey. For the long and explanatory answers, you'll need to listen to the episode. The short answers:
1. We work for Random House -- do we only talk about Random House Books?
No, definitely not. Though most of our reading is books that are published by Random House and its imprints, we talk about books we love no matter who publishes them. Our bookseller friends and publishing friends from other companies are always recommending books to us, and if we read and like them, you'll hear about them.
2. Why is it that sometimes we'll say "we haven't finished this yet," or "I haven't read this."
We don't talk about every book we read, only the ones we can truly get behind and recommend. So frankly, we just don't read fast enough to only talk about books that we've read from start to finish. We do, however, have an army of trusted literary advisors that tell us when they love books. If we've read just a chapter or two, and if we think you'll like them, we'll talk about them. We always disclose up front if we haven't read or finished a book, but you should also know that we have to trust the person who recommends the book before we'll even consider mentioning it on the show. We never talk about books just because a publisher sends us a free copy or asks for a review.
For this special edition of "Two Books We Can't Wait For You To Read", we've decided to revisit our favorite books, so that new listeners can get to know us a little bit better through our favorite reads.
Michael's favorite book of all time is Any
Human Heart by William Boyd. The
story of one man whose life spans most of the 20th century, the
book (told in the form of his journals) is a complete portrait of a
character. I'm not quite willing to commit to just one favorite
book, but Mary Doria Russell's The
is right up there at the top. I don't really tell you too much about it in this segment, because I am deathly afraid of giving away an important part of the plot, but if you've ever liked one of my book recommendations in the past, you owe it to yourself to read this amazing book.