[Side note: that is one of my personal management philosophies -- to lead by example.]
I want to begin with a title that made my personal list of the best books I read in 2014, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. You can click here to read my report on the book discussion I led of this title that year.
I chose to begin with this book because it is a title that has stayed with me over the years. To be fair, I had to go back and look at my post to remember the plot of this book-- what happened in it-- but the feel of the story, how it was written, the characters, the way the story was told and constructed, all of that has stayed with me. What happened? Not as much. [And, as I always say, plot is easy to reconstruct, it is the feel of the book, your version of that book, what it meant to you, all of that is what we have to preserve.]
I also chose to begin with this title because over the last few weeks, I have encountered a variety of others mentioning how much they love this book--online, podcasts, in articles, etc... It made me go back and look at my own report on the title, and I even suggested it to someone I know who was looking for "something different, but still accessible." [By the way, that is a fairly common request for which I have also suggested this book and this book with success.]
But I digress....
Click here or read below to learn more about A Tale for the Time Being. Please note, because I read this for book club, the post is in the Becky review format which many of you are used to, but if you want to find words that describe the book and readalikes, they are still at the end, and this one also has "Watchalikes."
And look for more backlist book suggestions here on the blog on a more regular basis, whether they are my backlist suggestions, or those from others.
And if you have a great backlist read you want to promote, contact me about doing a guest post. I have openings during an upcoming vacation over the New Year and would love to fill it with your backlist reviews. Remember, I am looking for titles that are less than 10 years old, preferably within the 2-5 year sweet spot.