The act of writing always creates something of value. When I'm reading, it is the various manifestations of that inherent and powerful value that I'm looking to capture and share with my fellow book lovers.
From humble days as a bookseller in Colorado, I now live in NYC and work for one of the big publishing houses. I'm always reading a huge variety of books, but you're bound to find more reviews on titles that might not be on every bookstore's shelf quite yet!
And I must also say that it is immensely important to support independent bookstores. Definitely consider shopping with your local bookshop if you don't already!
If you're looking for one then check out the great store I used to work at:
This is one that I really felt out of the loop on. However, I'm now caught up. I was fortunate enough to read pretty much the entire book on the NYC subway. It's quite fun to pass by parts of New York as they get mentioned in the narrative. Really powerful voice with Oskar. He definitely shines most brightly in the book. In addition to the wonderful Oskar, I felt that the sections revealing the family history (basically the grandparent's relationship) were interesting as well. Not completely sold on all of the quirks tossed into their characters, but still a good fit with the novel. You've got to feel sorry for Mom too in here. She felt like a very strong character even though she seemed like more of shadow than a presence. I wish that her actual role was expanded more at the end, but I didn't suffer a loss of sleep over her brief appearances either. Fun book. Worth a read, especially if you are into the NYC scene, and it also views 9/11 with the unique lens that is Oskar.