Welcome to the inaugural post of Sign-On: our new weekly blog for readers and collectors. I’m Paige Turner, one of the staff members here at the Alabama Booksmith.
In future blogs, you can expect book reviews, inside scoop for new releases (before the books are published, even!), authors’ personal insights, potential treasures in signed copies, and an inside look at how we operate.
The reviews will be just that – discussions of books that I’ve read and really enjoyed. I don’t claim to be an expert critic, but I have been an avid reader for practically my entire life – as every teacher I’ve ever had will attest. Apparently I wasn’t terribly subtle about reading under the desk, even in first grade. I love reading more than just about anything, and I can’t wait to pass my finds on to you.
My reading taste is fairly eclectic, so the books reviewed should cover a wide range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, mysteries, thrillers, young adult books. There are only two criteria for a book to appear in our blog: 1) it has to be an absolutely fantastic read, and 2) it has to be currently on our shelves. The first is by far the most important – our primary goal is to highlight the very best of what we have to offer.
From time to time, other Booksmith staffers will contribute reviews to this blog: I’d like things to be a little more well-rounded than a one-woman diatribe. We’re all sicko book people here, and, much as I would like to, I simply don’t have time to read every single book in the store. Between everyone in the store, we should manage to cover just about every possible viewpoint. Someone on staff may love a book I didn’t, or vice-versa; in other cases, everyone may like a particular book, but for different reasons. We’ll also get lots of help from the authors we regularly meet, our fantastic publishers, and other readers and collectors.
Naturally, I don’t expect everyone’s taste to agree with mine – a book may be wonderful, but not my particular cup of tea. So please comment, and tell me if you agree or disagree with my assessments. Ask questions, start a discussion, and contribute your own opinions. I’ll do my very best to respond in a timely fashion. If you have a question for me, or any other staffer, leave us a comment, even if it is only tangentially related to the current post. Let me know what you think!
Until next time, happy reading and library building!