Monday, February 9, 2015

Kelly's Book 2.15: The Imperfectionists

Dear Jenny,

Let's make another run at that whole "preview post" concept again, shall we?

My local library can be dangerous because there is a terrific and ever-changing selection of books for sale in the front lobby. We have an active library community, which means that there are always plenty of fresh used books to buy (50 cents for paperback and $1 for hardbound). So, you know... just a waaay-too-easy opportunity to build that TBR pile right back up again. Heh.

All this to say, I picked this book up at the library when we first moved here --- back before I learned that I really need to walk right on by the sale books at the library -- so it's been on my shelf for a couple of years.

Aaaand... I picked it up 100% entirely because I was attracted to the font. Yup. Judging a book by its cover. That's me. Totally. But then I read the synopsis and it seemed interesting, so I put my dollar bill in the box at the end of the shelf (yes, honor system -- how great, right?)

I don't really know anything about this author or book -- it's about a newspaper in Rome and spans several decades and, it seems, quite a few characters. Other than that... pretty font on the front. Uh-huh. Wish me luck!

What's your second book this year?



  1. I believe this was a TOB book at some point! I never read it, but I remember hearing really good things about it. Looking forward to hear how "choose by font", a well-respected subset of the "choose by cover" method goes ;-)

  2. And, if you remember, I'm a little ahead since I squeezed in a book right after the New Year. As long as I get one more done by April, I should be in good shape. Right now, I'm swamped with school work, so I might not make a decision for a few weeks. I'd like to finish one or two more TOB books before hitting TBR book 3.

    Ideally, a non-fiction book? I usually want a bit of a breather after the TOB.

  3. Right! I forgot about your Illegal Squeeze Play! Forgive me -- it's no excuse, but January was oddly nutso around here. Kind of passed in a blur.

    Just looked up The Imperfectionists -- it was on the long list for the ToB, but did not make it to the Tournament. You're right though -- it got quite a bit of positive chatter. So... yay!

    I've stuck to my "ToB Observer" plan pretty well so far, only having read 4 of the books, although I am still oddly curious about that strange outlier, Wittgenstein Jr. Buuuut I've got my TBR books to read, plus my book group book this month, and I've also recently gotten hooked on a new-to-me awesome aBook series (narrated by James Marsters!) (Spiiiiike!) soooo... we'll see.

  4. Oooh. aBooks with Spike. Maybe tell me a little more about that. I have a credit to spare!

    1. The series is the The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The main character is a wizard and solves all kinds of supernatural mysteries. The books are set in Chicago -- they're funny and full of great characters and adventures. Marsters is a perfect reader (of course, not really "Spike," cause no English accent, but still... the sarcastic delivery is spot-on).