Hello. Welcome to Care’s Books and Pie Blog.
I am writing this on Day 3 at 7 pm.
I have no excuse.
I just couldn’t approach today’s topic without a heavy heart so I avoided it.
Then I decided to visit a few blogs that I know and love just to see what they were doing for Day 3 and would you not freaking believe it?! but each one of them mention me and I got all verklempt.
Then. I decided to go visit the official BBAW site for all the links to today’s topic and I saw this:
Conversely, what is a book(s) you’ve attempted to push on everyone and their mother? Was it a success or a failure? What book would you push on me RIGHT THIS MINUTE?
Hmmm, I can work with this.
I ask you, you Reader you, (which is why you are still here and reading THIS thus far, is because you must be a book lover or a lover of pie and I respect both): “Be honest, how do react when a book is suggested for book club that you have NEVER HEARD OF?”
Because we all KNOW all the books. ALL THE BOOKS.
What is your reaction when you get a book suggestion which is of a title you are unfamiliar with and/or – if not a debut – an author you do not know?! cuz you know, as a blogger, you are tuned in and know shit, amirite!?
Well, I will admit that I get suspicious. I usually have at least heard of or recognize ALL THE FREAKIN’ BOOKS, right?! Even if I don’t know all the details. [True story – I found out today that The Royal We – which I have dismissed as not-for-me due to pure snobbery – is written by the Go Fug Yourself duo which is a website I followed religiously way back in the day. Now I think I must read this book. Shannon’s endorsement just might shame my book snobbery, too, but whatever.]
FINALLY, I have a point.
Death in the Garden was a neighborhood book club choice. I had never heard of it. I did not know the author. Goodness, the cover is NOT inspiring. So pale and … pastel.
Whaddya know. I LOVED IT!! And so did my friend who read it because I loved it and she loved it! so let’s give this book some book-blogger love!! THIS is the book I wish for you to experience and see if you agree with me for its insightful feminism, intriguing mystery, lovely time and setting, and overall impressiveness. I dare you.
But truly, this is the only book I can think of lately that has entered or paraded my consciousness that I didn’t already know of or have heard of or whatever from somewhere else than blogs. One of the book clubs I joined here in NC has the entire year slated with 80% books I’ve already read and the other 20% on my tbr with me knowing the synopsis! [It’s the neighborhood bookclub I’m worried out… which is the one that introduced me to Death in the Garden. Read it.]
I really don’t get out much…
PS – Remember STICKY BOOKS? Those books that you loved and no one has ever heard of? Actually that isn’t the definition of ‘sticky books’ but this is THE book I loved and have never ever met anyone who has read: Out of the Flames. So go read this, too, ifyouplease. Thanks.
And a big shout out to everyone who has rec’d a book to me. Happy BBAW!