Several weeks ago, I discussed the contents of Book Riot’s first subscription box. One of the items in the box was the Book Lover’s Desk Calendar. Now, I have no use for this item as a calendar. But what I DO like is that each page of the calendar features comments on a recommended book.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to expose myself to some new authors. So, I’m going to choose one book each month to read. I originally thought that I would just randomly pick a page each month. But that seemed a bit risky. I could end up with a book I’ve already read, like The Lifeboat:
And then there are the books that fall into my seemingly never-ending category of “Bought it, but haven’t read it yet,” like Outlander and Bring Up the Bodies.
I also decided that any book I chose had to be by an author who is new to me, so that ruled out Matthew Quick, author of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and The Silver Linings Playbook.
Of the choices that remained, I decided to go with Defending Jacob by William Landay.
I kind of cheated, because I told myself I should NOT check out Goodreads before selecting my book – I should just trust what the calendar folks had to say. But I thought it would be a good idea to at least check the page numbers to make sure I wasn’t committing myself to a 700 page monstrosity. And once I saw that Defending Jacob had only 432 pages, I looked a bit more and saw a few positive reviews from my GR friends. Always a good sign!
The Kindle version of this book is only $2.99, but I’m glad I remembered to check Overdrive before purchasing, because I was able to check out the e-book from my library. If I have good luck with this book, I may decide to pick a bit more blindly next month.
So, tell me – have you read any of the books mentioned above? Or, if you’d like to add to your own TBR, just pick a day (your birthday, perhaps), and I’ll give you that day’s recommendation.