My Librarian Picks Books for Me

Although my library records and the size of my TBR may say otherwise, I’ve become a bit picky when it comes to what I read. Gone are the days of my youth where I’d go into a library or bookstore, randomly pick something up, and grab it because it sounded good. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Do people still say that? I don’t know if I ever have. I’m getting old.

Nowadays I go in with Goodreads ready, trying to figure out which books off of my TBR I can fit into my $20 limit. Or into three weeks, if I’m at the library. If I’m also including books I’ve read but don’t own, it’s even harder and takes even longer to make up my mind.

If someone that didn’t read avidly stumbled upon this, they’d probably get really confused.

So when I saw a sign in my school library for book bags, I was simultaneously curious and skeptical. Basically the way it works is, you fill out an online survey and the librarian picks three to five books off the shelves for you, based on your answers. Yesterday I decided to do it for the sake of this blog post, and any books I chose to check out would be an additional bonus.

For the first two and a half years of high school, I was an aide in the library. My sophomore year was the current librarian’s first year at my school, so I even helped her get settled. Before I transferred to a study hall due to tension between me and another member of the library staff, the librarian and I chatted frequently. All of this is to say that she knew I read a lot and the biggest challenge would be finding books I hadn’t read yet.

Before I get into her selections, I want to talk a bit about the aforementioned survey. It asked for my favorite genres, what I liked and didn’t like, and my favorite book at the moment. For the first question, I checked fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, and mystery. I said I didn’t want horror, romance, or non-fiction, and liked books with queer characters. I’m sure no one is surprised that I put Grave Mercy as my favorite book.

So, let’s look at what she picked, shall we?

  • Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi – This is marked on Goodreads as the third in a series that I’ve never heard of, and it looks creepy. Pass.
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I’ve read this. Pass.
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone – I’ve read this too. Pass.
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig – And…I’ve read this. Pass.
  • Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson – I’ve never heard of this one either, and it’s shelved as non-fiction but classified as historical fiction. I’m confused. Pass.

I personally wouldn’t count this as a success, but I’m glad to finally see a few more diverse books in my school’s library. I can definitely see the appeal in this idea for those who don’t read as much or, admittedly, aren’t as picky as me, but I think I’ll stick to choosing my own books. 😉

Tell me: have you ever had someone else pick books for you? Maybe a blind date with a book, or something similar? Or are you too picky, like me? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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