When I was young, I had nothing to go on when choosing a book except a good title or a good cover. No recommendations from fellow readers. No helpful blogging friends. No Goodreads.
So that's how I found all my good books. I roamed the library and looked at the titles on the book spines and pulled the intriguing books out and took a look at the cover.
I found some good books this way.
The Hobbit...My friend Greg's teacher was reading this book to his class when we were in fifth grade. Every day, while we waited for the bus, Greg recounted the chapter his teacher had read that day to a group of fascinated kids, including me.
Something Wicked This Way Comes...Ray Bradbury. I discovered him in my teens.
Working: People Tell About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do...This came out about the time I was deciding on a career. It became very clear to me which jobs I didn't want to do.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...A tourist left this book behind in his cabin the summer I worked in Yellowstone Park. I couldn't stop thinking about this book.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within...I wrote my first book when I was six, a book of short stories on a rainbow tablet. I wanted to free my writer within.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life...Bird by bird? Yes, I can do that.
Stargirl...a blank cover, except for a star...who can resist that?
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation...Punctuation, related in a snarky way.
Book Lust...I discover superstar librarian Nancy Pearl.
What book titles and covers
intrigued you enough
to read the book (and you are glad they did?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.