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The Page 99 Test

This could be an interesting little thing to do with your book discussion books:  The Page 99 Test.

You can see what others are reading under this test here, at the Page 99 Test.  (An entirely different and separate website is launching in October, designed to act as PR for authors).  Fiction is featured at the sister site, the Page 69 Test.

The premise is that reading page 99 (or 69) of any book should give you a taste of the book as a whole.  As attributed to Ford Maddox Ford, “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.”

I’m not so sure about this – gimmick or not?  Try it at your next discussion and see what your participants think.



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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