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  •  How Do You Go About Your Choosing? (5+ / 0-)

    That's my whole point.  I don't have a plan of attack or even approach.  Somehow the best books seem to find their way over my awareness horizon.

    Admittedly, some not so good ones do, too.  But I give them the courtesy of my attention for as long as I can.

    That said, Barbara Kingsolver's, The Lacuna didn't make my Gems of 2012 list, even though she's a highly regarded author.  I had a lot of difficulty appreciating that book because of the ineffectual hero who didn't come to life for me until the second half of the novel, and then only somewhat.  It was a secondary character from the second half who stole the book out from under the hero, IMO.  And an author should never let that happen.

    I'm with you in re the NYT Best Seller List.  So much dreadful stuff.  I avoid reading Best Seller List books whenever I can.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:24:16 PM PST

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    •  Brick and mortar stores. (5+ / 0-)

      I pick up the book, and I give it the sentence test:  If I can open to any page in the book (and then another, and another any page in the book) and the writing is consistently wonderful -- the book is worth reading.

      If it flunks the sentence test...go find another book.

      But you really do need a brick and mortar store to perform this test.  I still miss Borders.  And before them, all the independent bookstores NYC used to have.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:35:47 PM PST

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      •  Good System (4+ / 0-)
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        Brecht, Aunt Pat, Monsieur Georges, shari

        I use something like it at the library; I order samples sometimes for my Kindle.

        Opening paragraphs have a lot to do with whether or not a book stays in my sweaty palms or gets returned to the shelf.

        Sometimes a cover will do it, as in the case of The Sisters Brothers.

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        by Limelite on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:45:19 PM PST

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      •  I miss independent bookstores: Wordsworth in (5+ / 0-)

        Harvard Square had more good books than most bookstores ten times its size. The best independent bookstores attracted serious book-loving staff, who cultivated gardens of excellence.

        I've been making do with a Barnes & Noble which is better than most. Still, judging from their fiction shelves, a lot of their employees don't quite know their alphabets.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:16:31 PM PST

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