This week, the Boston Bibliophile has this question for LibraryThing’s Tuesday Thingers group:
Popular this month on LT: Do you look at this list? Do you get ideas on what to read from it?
Have you read any of the books on the list right now? Feel free to link to any reviews you've done as well.
And the list:
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson
- American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
- Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
- Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer
I’ve only read two of these (and reviewed them). I got Mary Ann Shaffer’s “Guernsey” book through LT’s Early Reviewer program. The ARC of American Wife came through an ad I found in the Shelf Awareness online newsletter.
But to answer the first couple of questions: No, I don’t look at it. In fact, I had that feature turned off, so I guess I’d have to say I’ve never gotten any ideas from it. I’m not sure why I decided to take it off my LT home page – just figured I didn’t need it, I suppose. But I do think it’s interesting to see what’s popular with my fellow LT-ers (even if I don't share their enthusiasm), so I might leave it turned on after this.
Of all the books that I haven’t read on the list, I really don’t see any (with the possible exception of Dewey) that really jump out and grab my interest. But then, I was a little skeptical of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at first, too – and ended up loving it. It was truly a pleasant surprise.
Actually, I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve gotten through the Early Reviewer program, even though a couple of them have seemed a little outside my comfort zone at first glance. And I love pleasant surprises like that. Don’t you?