Welcome to the Read This! project. It started as an idea, that morphed into a book, and is now a movement to celebrate the connection between reader and bookseller. Trust us, get to know your local indie bookseller and you’ll have a friend for life.
How can you get involved in the movement?
If you haven’t found your favorite book yet, or haven’t read anything good in a while, or if you feel like you have no one to chat about books with, then get thee to an independent bookstore. Here’s what will happen:
Ask the bookseller there for a recommendation. They’ll ask about what you like and don’t like, what you’ve read lately, or what TV you love. They’ll have a chat with you to see what kind of reader you are or might be, and then … . and then, they’ll get a certain look in their eyes and they’ll wander off to a shelf and say, “I think I’ve got it something you’ll love. Here, try this.” And you’ll read it and they might be right. Or they might be wrong, but you just have to talk to someone about that book. And so you go back. And you realize just what you were missing by buying all your books online.
About the book:
*Check out the Read This! page on the Coffee House Press website for more information for booksellers, media, and for details on how to order the book and support this movement.*
Available NOW from your favorite indie bookseller!
Twenty-five indie booksellers share the joy and wonder of books with must-read lists that “put a bookseller in your pocket.”
“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 catalogue of matchmakers.”—Ann Patchett
“Entertaining, informative, satisfying, and fun—everything books should be.”—Kirkus
A reference for those who can never have enough to read, the collection of lists in Read This! offers booklovers an insider’s guide to the treasured titles that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves. First published on Hans Weyandt’s blog for Micawber’s Books, each list includes an independent bookseller’s personal top 50 reads, plus anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen. Organized in a checklist format with room for new recommendations so that readers can keep track of what they’ve read, Read This! celebrates the joy of books and the expertise found just around the corner in your neighborhood bookstore. All royalties will go to American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).
Ann Patchett is the bestselling author of five novels, including Run, Bel Canto, and most recently, State of Wonder. She owns Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee.
Hans Weyandt is a co-owner of Micawber’s Books, an independent bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota.