Here’s something I’ve noticed: every time I’ve perused a used book section at my local independent bookstore(s), there is without fail a copy of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader. Friends, is this a universal truth? I also own a copy, as I am a complete sucker for the following:
- Books about reading
- Books about writing
- Books about writers
- Books about writers reading
And, it should be noted, regardless of the actual content of the book – if it’s got a picture of a book (esp. open) on the cover, it’s as if the bookstore owner froze time, took money out of my wallet, and left me unconscious in a snowbank with the book.
No, I have not read The Reader, but I note that Schlink has a new book coming out, and the cover is lovely, which gives me an opportunity to make use of my new site format. For those many people that read my site via vanilla feed, stop by the site and sample some of the other flavor(s). Before they expire.