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Have you ever walked away from a book?

November 18, 2009 by Susan
     Okay, everyone knows that I love to read, but I have a confession to make. Sometimes I start a book and I don't finish - now mind you this happens rarely but it does happen. I am here to tell you now, that it is okay. It is okay to take a book home, start it and then realize that you don't like it.

     For example, I took Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink home last week; I read 107 pages and realized I was not lovin' the book but I also realized that people who liked the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray or The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb would love the book - so mission accomplished. Another example would be this weekend, I had been anxiously awaiting Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry because I loved The Time Traveler's Wife enough to read it twice (and I typically don't reread books but my book group chose it,) but after reading 5 pages I realized this was not going to be the book for me. Now this does not mean I might not go back and try it again later but for now, I have let it go.
   So the whole point of this post is to encourage you to take a chance. Not every book is going to be your favorite and sometimes you might not even make it to the end but I promise you that if you give a book, a chance, it might surprise you in the end.

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Susan's Picks, Winter 2008

February 12, 2009 by sdc

Bethany Branch, November 14, 2008
Susan's Picks Susan S.

Part of a BooksTalk presentation by Eiseley Branch young adult specialist Susan at Bethany Branch on November 14, 2008. Also available as a two-part audio podcast:

Podcast of this book talk  Part 1 of this BooksTalk presentation is available as a downloadable audio podcast! [30:40 14.1 MB]
Podcast of this book talk  Part 2 of this BooksTalk presentation is available as a downloadable audio podcast! [36:52 16.8 MB]

book cover Ten Cents a Dance
by Christine Fletcher [j Fletcher]

book cover Exodus
by Julie Bertagna [j Bertagna]

book cover Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow [j Doctorow]

book cover Without Warning: Ellen's Story 1914-1918
by Dennis Hamley [j Hamley]

book cover Runemarks
by Joanne Harris [j Harris]

book cover My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park
by Steve Kluger [j Kluger]

book cover The Night Birds
by Thomas Maltman [j Maltman]

book cover Unwind
by Neil Shusterman [j Shusterman]

book cover Big Fat Manifesto
by Susan R. Vaught [j Vaught]

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