Saturday, 8 January 2011
Your Bookseller Needs You! Mrs B's 2011 Reading Plan
Everyone at Mr B's has an exciting new reading plan for the year and I'm going to join in, even if I am at home looking after Baby B most of the time.
My first day back in the New Year and a customer (Mr R) came in to collect a book he had ordered, a wee little book called "All My Friends are Superheros" by Andrew Kaufman. It had just arrived in a big delivery which we hadn't yet unpacked and as sod's law would have it, it was at the very bottom of the very last box I opened (5 years as a bookseller should have taught me to always open the bottom box first!). The name and cover of the book looked entertaining and as I handed it over to Mr R he said "You really should read this, it's fantastic. This is the nth copy I have bought for friends and everybody just loves it". Not only is it immensely frustrating being surrounded by fabulous looking books all day, knowing I will never have the time to read everything I want to read, but double that frustration by adding to that the number of times I am told by a customer that I really MUST read something. So this year, I will make a dent in my recommendations list and read mostly customer suggestions, starting with Mr R's and will let you know how I get on.
I am in the shop most Wednesdays and will be on the listen out for some more tips on what customers think should be my next read. I've already been given a tip on twitter by @LaurenJJones called Under Fishbone Clouds which may well be next on my list - I will collate "must-reads" and flip a coin. So do let me know about any book you think I should be reading.
And to return the favour at the end of each book I will add a recommendation of my own. Today's is the grotesquely, darkly funny "Gould's Book of Fish" set in Tasmania at the time when we were sending all our convicts over there. Fantastic. (not for the convicts).