We love our readers, and we love what they have to say just as much. Here are some of our favorite comments from the week that was.
“I truly believe that every second in front of a book instead of a screen (you know what I mean, e-reader users), is a more worthy endeavor, even if the book is what some would call “trash.” The Slow-Read debate is an argument between a very small percentage of the populace – avid readers judging avid readers for what they are reading. My feeling is that we need to be bringing in more readers by whatever means…”
by Marian Librarian on The Bookavore’s Dilemma
“It is reminding ourselves that books don’t only entertain but also help us through our darkest days and understand our lives that make reading such an important and valuable part of life.”
by Andrew Ross on Loss, Memory, and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
“I usually pull out ‘I’ve heard good things’ which means ‘I’ve heard of it… I think….’ ‘She seems to be very popular with our customers’ means ‘I’d rather gouge out my own eyeballs than read this book’. ‘I’ll add him to my list of authors to try!’ means ‘No I won’t, but haven’t we bonded nicely here?’ Though when I think about it, these are less ‘euphemisms’ and more ‘friendly excuses for not having read every book in the shop’… Hmmm.”
“I’d like to think that if John Steinbeck had grown up in Mexico, rather than Salinas, California, then he would still have been thought of as an American writer. His stories were American, and that’s what counts. We have a president that was just a couple of years from not being a naturalized citizen, and McCain was born in Panama, so it really doesn’t matter where you’re born; it’s where you live in your heart, because, after all, the atoms that you consisted of at an early age are long gone now…”
by Thomas Lawson on The Top American Writers?
“There are people on Pinterest who have plague boards. Really interesting.”
by Wendy McGuinn on A Pox on Both Your Bookcases: Books About the Plague