October 27, 2011

Pop Goes the Book Pick

After my adventure at Little Tokyo a few weeks ago, when I asked strangers for book recommendations, I realized my brain would explode should a stranger pose the same question to me. It happens sometimes at the library (the question, not the brain explosion), although it is often qualified by a genre. Do you know a good mystery? Can you recommend a book for boys who like those covers with dragons? But the library patrons are asking me “the librarian” not me the reader. As a library assistant—and no, I cannot brandish the power of a full librarian for I am no master of information but a mere apprentice—a request for a book recommendation doesn’t panic me. In fact, it is one of the fun things about my job (unless the patron is asking for a mystery, in which case I funnel them to my friend Penny, who has actually read more than five or so mysteries in her lifetime).

I’ve chosen books for my book club as well, of course, but even though that choice always makes me somewhat anxious, I can count on the wine, on the copious cheese spreads, on the oh-so-just desserts, to wipe away resentments the other ladies might have built up over the course of three hundred pages (or the course of the first twelve pages, depending on which lady is building). Plus, my book club=my people. We’re like Anne and Diane without the puffed sleeves and with more giggling.

But what if Renee at Little Tokyo had tossed the question back at me the other night? So many titles rush to my head I can’t quite hone in on any one of them, and when I do begin to grasp at one, the doubts arise. She’d probably think that’s weird. We’re in the Bible Belt, Wendy; jolly demons might not fly. That one’s great but it doesn’t express my reading personality in blazing red entirety.

Umm… no. I can’t let myself worry over the same trap I’m asking other people to ignore. When someone asks you for a book recommendation without qualification, you may answer without qualification. Pick one book that pops to your mind right then and there that is worthy of another person’s time. You don’t have to believe it to be the only worthy book or the best of all your favorite worthy books or the book that will make you seem the worthiest book picker in the greater Knoxville area. You only have to answer. Here. This is a book I recommend.

Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)


And so today I will answer. (I know you didn’t ask, but this is my blog.)

I recommend Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. In fact, I adore it. Maybe you will too.