Dec 03, 2012
You know what readers love? Recommending books to others. And when it comes to people who work with books, it's even more so. For proof, check out the Ramsey County Library Staff Picks  list. We love to recommend books!
Right now, there's a bit of a flurry of recent books filled with book lists and suggestions. If you haven't already filled up your to-read list with suggestions from friends, family, and your friendly neighborhood librarian, check out these books!
Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores  by Hans Weyandt. Co-owner of Micawber's Books  in St. Paul, Weyandt enlisted all his contacts in the independent bookselling business to share their lists of "fifty books you love or love to pass on to other readers." In addition to numerous book lists, the book includes charming anecdotes of life in the bookselling industry. Plus, some great independent bookstores to check out when you're traveling to other literary cities!
My Idea l Bookshelf  with art by Jane Mount; edited by Thessaly La Force. From the flyleaf: "The books that we choose to keep --let alone read-- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world." Features lovely artistic renderings of book spines.
Love a good mystery? Try Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels  edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers.
And let's bring it full circle with My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop  by Ronald Rice. Although we do love libraries a LITTLE bit more, you can't beat a great bookstore. In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.