Challenge me…with a book
I consider myself an eclectic reader, and sometimes state that with pride in this blog.
Books are a form of connecting with other ideas and feelings…and I want to be exposed to as much of that as I can.
I’m not saying that needs to be true for you, certainly, but for me I’m far more concerned that I won’t have read as widely as I would like before I die, rather than that I won’t have read all of the “good books” I should.
I think that the best thing I did when I was a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager was encourage my employees to read a book from every section in the store (and I did do that myself). I didn’t compel them, just encouraged them. 🙂
Inevitably, doing that, you are going to sail the seas of ignorance.
I mean, I had a broader knowledge of books than most people, of course, but how was I going to pick a good romance, travel book, and “Men’s Adventure” (as it was called back then)?
What I did, and what I recommended to my employees, is that I asked regular customers for recommendations.
I read some great books that way!
I won’t say they were books I would never have read otherwise…but I might have had to live to be a thousand years old. 😉
My life has absolutely been changed by serendipitous reading…the first Doc Savage I read was because they were the only books available where I was.
Still, I don’t just randomly pick a book to read.
I’m willingly to read anything, but I’m more inclined to get certain types of books. If something is science fiction or fantasy, that’s a plus. If it’s non-fiction that might help me in my job, that gives it more weight in the scales of my choice.
That’s probably always going to be true.
However, I miss the experience I had with reading those recommended books in the bookstore.
I’m turning to you, my readers.
I’d like you to suggest a book for me to read.
I have to put a few rules on this:
- It has to be available to me in Kindle format through Amazon.com in the USA
- It can’t block text-to-speech access (it will say that text-to-speech is “enabled” on the book’s Amazon product page)
- I won’t re-read a book for this, but it’s okay if I already own it
- I’m going to say it has to be priced under $15…or any book available to me through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (again, that fits the above rules…I just mean any priced book in KU)
Outside of that, suggest away! 🙂
Try to make it interesting and meaningful. Fiction, non-fiction…both fine. It’s okay with me if you wrote it.
What I’m thinking I’m going to do, and it’s going to depend on how many suggestions I get, is make it a poll.
There you go…”crowd choicing” a read for me!
I’ll put it into my reading mix right away, but I might not read it next (I sometimes have time pressure to read something).
I know my readers aren’t big on me doing reviews here. I figure I’ll make some comment about it here, and likely right a review on Goodreads. There might be a lively discussion about it in the comments at some point.
I’ll say, modestly, that my reading it might have a minor impact on sales…that happens…but I’d rather you think about something that I might love or that might change me significantly.
What’s your recommendation? 🙂
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