Bookseller Confessions


Our booksellers are amazing, brilliant, well-read people.  They can offer recommendations at the drop of a hat, and help you find the perfect gift book even in a time crunch (and then gift-wrap it for you).  But even they, booklovers that they are, have reading blind spots.  Of course, no one can read everything--there are thousands of new books released each month!--but everyone's got a book or two it seems they really ought to have read by now. 

So in the name of full disclosure, we asked our booksellers to share a couple of those titles that they haven't quite gotten to.  Well, not yet, anyway.




Toni—  I've never read anything by Philip K. Dick.  He sounds brilliant.  How did I miss that boat?  I used to have a fear/aversion of science ficiton.  I am in recovery.






Rachel—  Leaves of Grass.  Sure, I have a copy, and I have it displayed on my bookshelf, but did I actually read it?  I've read sections here and there, but haven't committed to a full read.  Guess I'll add it to my fall reading list!





Andrew—  American Gods.  Prior to working here at Brilliant Books, I had heard of Neil Gaiman and was aware that he wrote The Sandman graphic novel series, and I knew American Gods was becoming a show on Starz, but I didn't know anything about his popularity.  Customers and cowokrers have been telling me it's a must read, but somehow it still doesn't strike me as essential reading.




Caitlin—  I haven't read The Great Gatsby.  I know,  know.  It's not because I don't want to read it.  It's on my to-read list.  I just haven't gotten around to it.  I've read various retellings and tons of quotes and plenty of other Fitzgerald, but for some reason, I just haven't gotten to Gatsby yet.  Eventually I'll whittle down my to-read pile enough to find it again.





Jodie—  For me, the book would have to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Though I have read most of the classic tomes of horror--Dracula and At the Mountains of Madness being two of my favorites--I have never taken steps into the dark world of Victor Frankenstein.