One of the ways to identify a true book lover is to find the person who secretly enjoys building up a much longer “to-read” list than time will possibly allow one to read. I know I’m talking to a fellow bibliophile when someone confesses loving the hunt for good books almost as much as the books themselves.
For that inveterate title hunter, I highly recommend Read This!: Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores. Editor Hans Weyandt of Micawber’s Books in St. Paul Minnesota collected lists of fifty favorite books from the buyers and booksellers at other independent bookstores across the country. These lists were originally published in blogs online, but in book form you get concentrated power, and besides, proceeds go to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Some of the titles in each list go without comment (more’s the pity) but in many cases the listmaker explains why the choice was made. Other tidbits about the bookselling life add variety to the volume. It’s a little book, but it could easily keep your book club in great selections for years to come.