Any librarian or bookseller will tell you, if a book is marked as a "Staff Pick" it will get snatched off the shelves immediately. I'm sure somewhere a sociologist has written a dissertation about why this is so. I'd like to turn the tables a bit and see what happens when the community picks the books for display. We will have a display shelf at the Main library starting early January that shows off books that are loved by various community members.
I primed the pump by asking volunteers and friends for their suggestions - and I have to say I think this idea is going to work as I reserved three titles immediately and put many more on my to-read list. Every few months we'll share some of the community picks on this blog and potentially on Facebook as well. I'd love to know what books you love so either respond to this post or send an e-mail to Karen.Greene@pima.gov with your first name, your favorite title, author and a few words or a sentence explaining why you love this book (or books, send a bunch). As long as the book is available in the library we'll add it to the ever-evolving display. And if you're a pencil and paper person, we'll have forms available to fill out in person starting in January.
Here are a few titles to get you thinking and I look forward to hearing from our reading community! John suggested The October List by Jeffery Deaver - written backwards, an unusual read. Karen suggested A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar - a touching, eye-opening memoir that reads like a novel. And Patrick is a fan of the book Night Film by Marisha Pessl - a literary thriller with great addition of photos, web pages, even a smartphone app (although there's already a bit of a waiting list for this one).
So send us your picks and share what you love reading with Tucson!