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24 April 2015

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Do you think it has something to do with Chronicle Books?

Every now and then I get good recommendations from people I meet in person, but it's unusual. More often, they mention the same popular books everyone else is reading. I must just be talking books with the wrong people.

But I'm with you on not having trouble with book discovery. I've never had trouble with that, even before I started blogging. My list of books that look worth reading is endless and always has been.

CR fan,

Hmmm...you know, I didn't even look who the publisher was. I should be better at that--once you find a publisher or imprint you like, that can be a good clue for finding stuff you like too. Are there other Chronicle Book titles you can suggest?

Teresa,
Well, sure, that happens too. Normally I try to read at least a bit of the stuff everyone is reading, so we can start the conversation there, and then move on. What you have to be careful to do is only befriend people who read at least 20 books a year. :) "I'm sorry, you only read "Twilight" last year? We just can't be friends."

Yes, I can well believe you've got a scary long TBR list. I suppose the real problem of "discoverability" for us is how to whittle those lists and piles down.

I loved LETTERS OF NOTE as well, but you might want to know that it started as a website (http://www.lettersofnote.com/) The good news is that the second volume is on the way!

Another website that is a great source of interesting-sounding reads is http://www.brainpickings.org/ It basically compiles daily excerpts of "interestingness" -- from essays and books and (sometimes) online sources, musing about literature and poetry and art and love and knowledge and the profound minutiae of daily life. It isn't always my cup of tea, sometimes being guilty of "deepitude", but it never ever makes me feel stupid for reading it, which is a rare grace on these here Innertubes.

Also, noodling over there, I was just re-reminded of D B Johnson's lovely "Henry" books, which present Thoreau's philosophy in picture-book form, and are a lot more entertaining and delightful than that short description makes them sound. You might want to try them on the Jrs, if your library has them.

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