Saturday, June 06, 2009

New reads - finding them

I'm missing a lot of books - and some books aren't actually getting out there or published in the first place.

I was thinking today about finding books that I'd like to read. And in a way I'm overloaded on information. I consume a lot of media and I am a lover of books so I hear about new titles on blogs, e-mail lists and the like.

Sometimes it's too much though. And right now, all of my book information comes from the anonymous/computer voice. A real person probably wrote the information, but I'm not in a place in my life where people press books into my hands and say, read this.

Nor am I having/taking time to browse stores.

I do still make it to the library, but event that has been reduced.

So how do I cut through the clutter?

It takes a couple of hits for me to cut through. I've heard about Stacyann Chin's memoir and Danzy Senna's new book. I think I heard about them in looking for reviews for the blog. And maybe Tayari Jones mentioned Stacyann Chin's book on her blog. Sitting at the hair salon today - something I don only every 2 or 3 months, I picked up Elle magazine. Which I never do. And there, on their readers' pick page were both of those books. Plus another by a woman of color that sounded great. But I should have written it down.

Now, if I can hold the cover image, title or author names from any of those three books in my head until I get to the bookstore or, more likely, library, I may get one of them.

That's a long way to go for the books. I think it used to be simpler than that for me.

4 comments:

nakedcartwheels said...

bought a novel today just because I liked the title.

Tech Support said...

You should read HANDLE TiME by LiNCOLN PARK. We sell it on our tech support blog -- because we like it so much. We had NO idea that LiNCOLN PARK was black, but it really doesn't matter. HANDLE TiME is an absurdly funny satire about working in an American call center. We can't believe more African-American book blogs don't feature this author!

Tech Support said...

You should read, HANDLE TiME by LiNCOLN PARK. We sell her book on our own blog because we like it so much. We had NO IDEA that LiNCOLN PARK was black; but that doesn't matter . She has written a ridiculously funny satire about working in an American call center. We can't believe more African-American book blogs and reviewers haven't discussed her work. She has COMPLETELY crossed over into the mainstream -- where people could care less about her background. Many, many people are anxiously waiting for this author to write her next book.

nakedcartwheels said...

that's a helluva recco. will look for it.