So what is this blog about?

These are the books I would insist everyone read if I were Queen of the Universe. I am not Queen of the Universe, so you don't have to read them, but hear me out. Most book reviews are about new books, but most books are not new. How else are you going to find out about what's out there? Anyway, aren't you just a bit curious about WHY I think these books should be read by everyone?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

And Now For Something Different!

Hi there!

As all eight of you know, this blog is where I try to talk you into reading the books I like. Now, in the new year, let’s do it the other way around at least once. You tell me what to read—and if I agree, I’ll tell everybody else. It’s a sort of a contest, except I’m not sure how many people will win—maybe everybody will.

Here’s the way it works. If there is a book you want more people to pay attention to, shoot me an email (or comment on this post). Include the full name of the book and the name of the author. If the book has more than one edition, be sure to indicate which edition you mean. Tell me why you think everyone should read the book—just a line or two is fine. If it looks interesting, I’ll read it. If I agree the book is awesome, I’ll post a recommendation on it. If I at least read the book, I’ll give it a tweet or two.

You’re allowed to suggest books you wrote, or books your friends wrote, though you can also just pitch something you read and liked. Any genre is ok, but I’ve got to warn you I like some genres better than others. The book does not have to be in print, but it does have to be publicly available. Old, out-of-print books are fine, as are self-published works you’re printing to order, but there must be some way for readers to find the book. If it’s sitting on your computer, it doesn’t count. The book also has to be either written, or translated into, English. If you pitch a translated book, be sure to let me know which translation you want me to read.

If we have an interesting conversation about the book, or if you have an interesting story to tell about it, I’ll post about that, too.

Basically, this is free advertising, either for your book or for the book you want to champion. I don’t have a lot of readers yet, but I do read a wide variety of books, and I talk to a wide variety of people. If everyone who talks me into reading a book tells their friends to check out my blog, then not only do more people here about my writing, but people find out about books they might not otherwise have heard of. So it’s a win all around.

We’ll see how it goes. I expect the whole contest to be kind of small. Next year I’ll do it again (if the world doesn’t end first, of course), and we’ll see how the whole thing grows.


  1. SueC
    I think it so depends on the reader and why I might recommend a book. Today a childhood friend of my adult daughter came for brunch. I recommended Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi, because Tania has both her BA and MA from VCNU and VCFA and it is one of the best non-fiction books I've read.
    For the members of my domestic violence prevention board, I suggested reading Black and Blue by Jodi Picoult. An incredible book about the issues for victims of domestic violence.
    Good story telling quick reads.....James Patterson or DeMille. I could go on for pages.
    It might be interesting to include, "what I read x pages of and went no further."
    Read This Book: And Now For Something Different!
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    Carol Happily, I am back to reading. It was a long 9 or 10 months, but I've started book #3. You know I loved Maiden Voyage. Haven't read Black and Blue. I'm not sure I want to. My 3 are: A Stolen Life, Rafa, and now Frankenstein. Diverse enough?
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  2. Very diverse! Great suggestions!

  3. Yay books!! :)

    Right. Books I've read that I think everyone should read. Well, I do love the 'Digger' series by Ursula Vernon (do graphic novels count?). A lost wombat, the Hindu god Ganesh, hyenas, vampire squash, a quest...really, the series is a great read and has quite a lot of substance beneath the illustrations.

    Also I greatly enjoyed 'A Discovery of Witches' by Deborah Harkness. Yes it's about vampires and witches, no it doesn't involve any angsty teenagers. A great deal of the book takes place in and around Oxford's Bodleian Library and circles around the history of alchemy and science.

    'Bone Dance' by Emma Bull. Excellent post-apocalyptic novel. She's an author worth checking out and reading.

    And finally, I also think that everyone (especially anyone thinking of ecology/field science as a career path) should read 'Stinging Trees and Wait-a-Whiles' by Bill Laurence. He's a US ecologist who did his doctoral work in the rainforest of Australia.

    That's what I have at the moment. I'm interested to see what other titles end up on your list/comments section...I'm always looking for new books to read.