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“There is no greater joy for a bookseller than introducing a reader to a book they will love for the rest of their lives. Those of us in this business are, after all, matchmakers at heart. So consider this little book you now hold in your hands a sort of catalog of matchmakers.”—Ann Patchett

"If I were still a bookseller, I'd be thrilled to share this wealth with my custome
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Coffee House Press
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Jackie
This book came to me at a very valuable time, a time when I'm exhausted by trying to read the murky crystal ball that is the future of publishing and bookselling while awaiting what could be a huge game changing election depending on how the votes go. I've gotten lost in the fear of it all. But this book, this tiny little book, has reminded me of just how lucky I am, because my job is to read, talk about and sell books. This book reminded me that this is my CAREER--it's not just a job. And it's ...more
Traci
Much as I love independent bookstores, this was a disappointment. Most of the lists seemed...well...pretentious. Nothing wrong with literary titles and authors, but to pretty much only list those works just didn't make me happy.

Only one list seemed like the sort of thing I might look at it, and the person who wrote it seemed like the one person I would actually like to talk to and hang out with - Liberty Hardy, "bookslinger" at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. She sounds a lot like someone
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Lillian
Booksellers across the country list their top 100 books. While the lists are impressive (Megan Sullivan at the Harvard Square Bookstore has a list that could match mine perfectly), there is no organization or methodology to the titles. This is why we need - librarians!

Rather, try Nick Rennison's Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide: Discover your next great read.
It's brill!
Gabby
I was disappointed in this book. I love to read about books and other people's book lists almost as much as I love reading books I've chosen. What I find boring and somewhat disingenuous is book lists made up almost entirely of classics or difficult to read books people believe make them sound well-read. Everyone knows about the classics, as well as everyone knows those books that are nearly impossible to read, yet some book snob constantly mentions as his or her favorite book of all time. I'm n ...more
Kristy
I liked the idea of this book. Owners of independent bookstores across the country were interviewed to compile lists of their favorite reads. However, the author doesn't provide any type of summary for most of the books listed. I doubt I'll research the plots to hundreds of different novels to decide whether or not I may want to read a given book.

Each list is prefaced with some information about the bookstore and the way the owner/representative of the bookstore finds his/her own books to read.
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Emmett
The morning was chilly with frost on the churchyard next door. I let the cat in and made a pot of coffee and got back in bed with "Read This!: Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores." What a wonderful way to spend
a couple hours on a Saturday morning. I just met dozens of Booksellers, read about their Indie bookstores and relished in their lists of book recommendations. For the sheer enjoyment I gave #ReadThis! Five stars. Pure and simple!
Linda
Awesome! I completely enjoyed reading about the bookstores and the lists they compiled of their favorites. I have read many, and thought of reading many others, and had never considered a few of the remaining titles. You're sure to find something to add to your reading list!
Lisa
If you are a list lover, this book is for you. Booksellers from 25 independent bookstores around the country list the top 50 books they love or love to recommend to customers, plus give a little background on themselves and why they chose the titles they did. It's the ideal book for the anal retentive reader, as there are little boxes next to each book so you can check which ones you have also read (believe me, I did). The book that was listed the most often (no, I didn't check--the editor did t ...more
Elizabeth
Ann Patchett writes the foreward. So right there.
Lori
Seriously! I found this at Faulkner House Books (page 47) in New Orleans (on an unmarked alley) while wandering near Jackson Square. It has some of my favorite books and favorite indie bookstores around the country in it. Love it! I'll never be totally finished with this one...
Sarah
I always enjoy books on books. I like to see what other people read and how I can expand my reading horizons. Mostly this book was support for the fact that tastes may differ and that is okay. Reading this reminded me of a few books that should move up in my to be read list.
Sandi
I have a lot of books to think about. This is an accumulation of independent book store owners 50 favorite books. And the variety was immense, though many were on several lists. I did notice that through the interviews most were liberal. I'm a conservative and would love to own a book store. Are there conservative book store owners, or was this a very selective bunch? I like to support independent bookstores, but when I ask for a book by certain people I'm told they don't carry that garbage. I w ...more
Gloria
People who love books and love lists will like this collection of lists very much. Book highlights many of the most successful independent book stores in the country. Each entry contains a brief discussion of how they choose books and/or why certain books are considered great enough to recommend to their customers. This is the art of handselling. The lists are pretty varied with some titles overlapping. Only critique is that some really good authors are left out completely which is a shame. Ther ...more
Jenn
I love hearing about books people love. I love lists of books people love. I love checklists. Booksellers from Indie bookstores around the U.S. list their top 50 books and YOU can check off the ones you've read too. My own check marks were pretty sparse, although there are a bunch on my to-read list. It's funny, though, there were some lists that I started down and I would quickly realize that I don't have common tastes with this person, and others were just the opposite. The most recommended bo ...more
Neil
Weyandt asked buyers, owners, and others from some of America's best indie bookstores to contribute lists of 50 books each. They're wonderful lists. My only displeasure is that there is only room in this little book to annotate about five of those choices from each contributor. There are also interviews with each about reading and life running a bookstore and handselling books. These sections are OK, but they get a little repetitive after you've read a few. I'd rather have seen more annotations ...more
Jodell Rowland
Great lists to use as reference. Wish it had more info on why these stores like the titles.
Featherbooks
"Over imbibed on books" according to Stefan Moorehead, Buyer and Manager of Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago, I careen through this little book like a lush at happy hour. We had to buy two copies of it for $12 each at our local independent bookstore (alas not included), one for each of us to annotate and check off and order from. All of you need a copy unless, per chance, you know exactly what to read next or your To Read List has a cap. Many familiar authors are here but so are lots you don't kn ...more
Dawn
Mostly lists of bookseller's recommended reading, but it was enjoyable to go on the hunt for information on different books I might not have known about otherwise, and to compare each bookseller's list to the others in the book, and to my own "to-read" or "favorites" list. I could tell which booksellers had similar tastes to mine and which are completely different. It was a fun read.
Courtney
I really enjoyed going through these lists! My to-read stacks weren't exactly dwindling, but how can I say no to potentially awesome books?! I thought the book store profiles were a nice touch, as well. Independent book sellers contribute so much to their communities, and it's great to see them get some well-deserved recognition.
Diane S.
This is a small book featuring various independent bookstores around the United States. Unbridled Bookstore in the Lakeview area in Illinois is one I have been in. It also features their top fifty favorite books, most of which I have not read and some I have not even heard of. Intersting reading though.
Bruce


I enjoyed hearing from the booksellers, their passion for what they do and why. The word professional came to mind. They are truly that, in every sense of the word. I think that if there were a book that is quintessentially in the spirit of GoodReads, this would be that book.
Jeff
Yes, it's a book of lists, but it's also a must-consult reference for everyone who still enjoys spending hours at a time browsing through a good, independent bookstore.

Plus, Paul Ingram (Prairie Lights) and Matthew Lage (Iowa Book) represent Iowa City well.
Becky
This is a book of book lists, with a few specific titles featured and commented on here and there. It was dizzying, and it felt very much written for an in-club I don't belong to. That said, several of my latest and most excellent reads were culled from these pages.
David
With one exception most of the choices looked like the NYT best books of the year lists for the last decade or so. I was hoping see more eclectic lists and find out about some below the radar books but these were lists any reader could come up with.
Becky Loader
Holy moly rocky! After going through the recommended lists from so many savvy readers, I have a list that may take me the rest of my life--if I live to be about 220! I love seeing what others are reading and liking and not-liking. Awesome book.
Christine
This is a quick read and definitely worth a browse if, like I do, you like lists, book recommendations, and bookstores. I have culled a small but interesting-looking list of "to be checked out" books from my time with this one.
Art
Twelve-hundred books picked by indie booksellers at twenty-five book shops around the country.

Interesting to read about these indie bookstores and booksellers. But not one title goes to my to-read bookshelf.
T
A book to buy, rather than to check out from the library...there's a short section on each bookstore, and then some Q&A from the store owners. But the best part is the lists for all my fellow list-lovers out there.
Julie
Charming little collection of booklists from book buyers and owners of independent bookstores. Not necessarily cookie-cutter lists; there are many opportunities to find a new book you may not have heard of.
Nan
A great read for anyone who's ever pushed a book onto someone else. It was nice to see some of my favorites turn up among the recommendations. Warning: This book may dangerously lengthen your to-read list!
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