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|My favourite question!|
I have worked at a library, bookstore, university and (now) again at another library, but I mostly get this question outside of the "bookish" environment (for example, I was often asked this question while I was working in the Admissions department at two separate universities). To sort of explain why that is...the thing is when I am not working my day job my nose is usually voluntarily stuck in a book, or an eReader or listening to an audiobook. This is more noticeable in a non-book environment, and those interested in books are not necessarily a book addict. I find that I really love this question and it is interesting to see how much book dialogue this can produce. I also relish in the challenge - finding the right balance of matching a great book to an eager reader.
|My Happy Face|
It is more than just loving a book and telling everyone you ever met that they "MUST READ" this said book. First, I like to ask what books people have read and liked so I can narrow down the genre, and style and then throw out a few titles with a brief verbal review. Working in a bookstore I used this conversation style a lot. We were also given ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) so that we could try a book and recommend it if we liked it. But this time you are letting people know if this a book they should pick up or pass on.
I am a great fan of Michael Ondaatje's work and have enjoyed most of his poetry and books I have read. BUT when I recommend any of his pieces I make sure to note the kind of reader that would enjoy this style of writing. Ondaatje is very lyrical in his words and his imagery unfolds like a poem (even in his nonfiction) so it is not for fans of cozy mysteries or legal thrillers. And, yet I have given both Michael Ondaatje and John Grisham ★★★★ (meaning I would recommend this book and would do a reread), but I have liked them for very different reasons and try to make that clear to anyone that reads my reviews. If there is anything I can ever approve on or any suggestions you may have - I am always up for comments! And, please never hesitate to get further clarification on any my reviews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|My Book Stance|
I live in British Columbia, Canada - born and raised in mostly mild weather, but was indoors a lot due to seasonal allergies. I am an only child and as a kid that meant a lot of times characters from books would be my imaginary siblings, lol. Any loneliness I felt, books would take me away to another place and time. I must confess this right away...I have a severe case of reading addiction - I love buying and reading books in all formats and genres, and talking about them to anyone who will listen. My first job was as a Page (shelver) for a public library, and to further support my university tuition, I took a job at a local independent bookstore. It was there that I really starting my book collection - often getting free copies or ARCs- and also obtaining a weird knowledge of books I've never read, or figuring out a book from 10 words or less. I have also worked in Admissions for a few academic institutions (my commute always gave me a lot of time to read) and I am now an auxiliary Library Assistant at another public library.
When my nose is not stuck in a book...
|Ain't that the truth!|
Happy Early Canada Day to my fellow Canadians...
I will try and write a little bit during my day off tomorrow but please come back on Thursday, July 2, 2015 as I will reviewing 3 suspense thrillers Stacy Green written by in her Lucy Kendall series.
k (My Novelesque Life)
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