Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a book pusher.
Yes, yes, it’s true. And let’s be honest — I’m sure that if you’re reading this, chances are that:
A. You like books
B. You like recommending books to other people
It’s pretty simple, really: There’s a book pusher in all of us.
But what’s not so simple? Trying to decide exactly which book to force on anyone asking for suggested reading material.
I read a hundred books a year if I’m lucky. Most I loved, some I liked, a few, I didn’t even finish.
And if I loved a book, or maybe even liked it, I might suggest it if someone was specifically asking about that book. An example: I don’t think The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) needs any help with publicity, but I read it and enjoyed it and if anyone were asking me about it, I’d tell them as much.
That said, some books, I push. Hard.
I blab about them at my Sisters in Crime meetings. I talk them up on Twitter and Facebook. I keep copies in my car just in case someone at my trail running group takes my pitch and wants to borrow one or all of them after our run.
Yes, I’m that person.
So, when I found out my friend Owen Laukkanen was up for Pop Culture Nerd’s “Stalker Award” for “Novel You Most Often Shoved at Others” I was especially proud.
Because, though I loved the other two books represented (above), I can honestly say I’ve shoved The Professionals down many a book-loving throat.
It’s a fabulous book, as is his second book, Criminal Enterprise. GO READ THEM.
In fact, I’ve mentioned both so many times on Twitter, that Owen has joked he owes me a drink. No, no, he doesn’t, he owes me more words. (Get on that, Owen, if you’re reading this!)
But honestly, Owen’s books aren’t the only ones I’ve been praising this past year. I’ve mentioned a few of these books in this space already (because I’m a pusher), but here are the top five books I’ve suggested in 2013:
- The Professionals (and Criminal Enterprise) by Owen Laukkanen
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
- The Yard (and The Black Country) by Alex Grecian
- Every Last Secret (and Every Broken Trust) by Linda Rodriguez
What have been your favorite books to push this year?