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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, 210 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Coffee House Press
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Jackie
Sep 15, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bibliophiles everywhere
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
Jun 10, 2014 Traci rated it it was ok
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
Mar 15, 2013 Lillian rated it it was ok
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
Jan 26, 2013 Gabby rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
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
Aug 31, 2012 Kristy rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2012 Emmett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
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
Oct 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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!
Relyn
Apr 09, 2015 Relyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: book lovers
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on my library website
Let me start with this: I love books about books. I love book lists. I love book recommendations. I love, really love, independent bookstores. I very rarely like the same books Nancy Pearl enjoys, and still I own and love Book Lust, More Book Lust, and Book Crush. I just like reading (and giving, obviously) book recommendations. My favorite part of being a teacher is matching a student to a book they love. With all those things being true, how can I not adore a book written by the owners and buy ...more
Lisa
Mar 05, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
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
Feb 05, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Ann Patchett writes the foreward. So right there.
Lori
Jun 16, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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.
Leslie
Dec 16, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
I bought this at the Faulkner bookstore and have high hopes that it contains hidden gems. I've read many of the books listed, but there are a number I don't recognize - possibilities...
Sandi
Nov 14, 2012 Sandi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2012 Gloria rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Becky
Jun 19, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
It was an interesting read to find out about the indie bookstores and the book suggestions were awesome! I've added several to my TBR pile.
Jenn
Sep 14, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
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
Dec 13, 2013 Neil rated it liked it
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
Jul 26, 2014 Jodell Rowland rated it really liked it
Great lists to use as reference. Wish it had more info on why these stores like the titles.
Joan Colby
Dec 06, 2014 Joan Colby rated it it was ok
Basically a book of lists compiled by independent booksellers of their favorite recommendations
Marla Glenn
Jan 20, 2016 Marla Glenn rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
This was fun, seeing what various Indies have on their lists.
Featherbooks
Mar 09, 2013 Featherbooks rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 17, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it
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 ⛄
Aug 20, 2012 Diane S ⛄ rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2012 Bruce rated it liked it


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
Aug 21, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2012 David rated it it was ok
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
Feb 12, 2013 Becky Loader rated it it was amazing
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.
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