As I mentioned in a previous post, I saw Lynn Coady speak the other week. CBC has an article/review of her book as well as others in the same genre of academic satire. I’ve always liked these types of books and of the ones the journalist mentions, I have also read Blue Angel by Francine Prose.
Despite liking this sort of literature, I’m not one to really search it out. I’m a lazy selector and usually just read books my friends recommend to me or have really great covers (yes I judge a book by its cover). I believe I stumbled upon Blue Angel in my first semester of my MLIS when we had to visit a library and ask for “a good book” in order to see how librarians/library staff do reader’s advisory. I’m not sure how this book came up but it did and even though I didn’t borrow it that day, I did later on go back and get it. I never did catch the name of the librarian who I “tested” with that question, but I did end up reading several of the books he recommended (well, one was a trilogy; so does that count as one or 3?).
I think I should try that again; just wander into a branch and ask a library worker to recommend a good book. Not to test him/her, but just to get someone else’s opinion and to see new perspectives. I think it’s fun; although I’m sure I wouldn’t think so if I was ont eh other sied – I’m horrible at reader’s advisory.