HOW TO FIND GREAT BOOKS: THE 2015 BOOK SURVEY

Since I began writing blog posts for the Online Book Club, I’ve had to modify my reading habits.   For instance, it’s not a good idea for me to go on a streak—the way I did when I first discovered Ian Rankin’s Rebus series, or Henning Mankell’s Wallander mysteries, or Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels—reading every volume I could get my hands on (or coming pretty close) before moving on to something different.   Instead, I try to mix things up as much as possible, which means combining fiction and non fiction, literary and more popular works, new and older … Continue reading HOW TO FIND GREAT BOOKS: THE 2015 BOOK SURVEY

TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE (updated)*

In one of the brief reading lists/life wisdom capsules written by the title character and found at the beginning of each chapter of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), is the following observation: “People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?” While I would put it a little differently (and have! See THE COMMUNITY OF READERS: THE TRUE SOCIAL NETWORK and more recently in THE TEN BOOK CHALLENGE), I agree wholeheartedly with his conclusion. A.J. Fikry owns … Continue reading TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE (updated)*