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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Coffee: Staff Picks

Bookish Things I Love

1. Independent bookstores like Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia. I love going into a bookstore and knowing that I will be surprised, that I will see a selection of books personally chosen by a real book lover, a selection that reflects the passion and intelligence of another reader.

2. Staff Picks. As a former bookseller, I well remember the pleasure I took in choosing books for the Staff Picks section--and my excitement when a customer bought one of my staff picks. This personal recommendation from Janet at Avid Bookshop ends with the words every passionate reader wants to say when it comes to a book they have loved: Read It! And so I will.
3. I love booksellers. They are saving civilization, and are the unsung heroes of the world of publishing and books. People like the bookseller who convinced me to read Rainbow Rowell sooner rather than later. The bookseller is reader who handsells the book, who literally puts the book in another reader's hand.God bless the booksellers.
                                             Art by Lisa Almeda Sumner, all rights reserved

What three bookish things do you love?


Andi said...

Staff Picks are so much fun. I miss going into my fave indie and seeing them here and there on the shelves. Sadly, my indie went under. :(

Ann@Booksonthetable said...

I love your blog! I've been a bookseller at an independent bookstore for 15 years and I still enjoy choosing what I will place in my "staff pick" slot. And it is very exciting when someone buys it! I also loved Perfect by Rachel Joyce -- I reviewed that on my blog last month.

Lisa said...

Whenever I see the staff picks, I wonder what I would choose if I could choose any book in the store to try to convince people to read.