Wednesday, July 15, 2020
A Mystery Book Grab-bag...from the library of course...
Hey everyone! Hope you are all well and coping and masking and being sensible and all those things! I will admit that some days are easier than others, right? Anyway, my topic today is the 'Grab-bag' that I requested from a local library. It's not the Austin Public Library, but it's another where I normally volunteer to help with their new materials processing. That's not possible right now, of course - the volunteering. Anyway, I was conversing by email with one of the librarians and she thought I might like to try out their new 'Grab-bag' service. Said that she knew I didn't need others picking books for me, but it might be fun. And it was.
First of all, a patron needs to fill out a request document that has several queries. Type of material (book, large-type, audio, video, etc.). There's a 'wildcard' option to let the staff pick 5 things for you. Otherwise, you tell them the genre where your interest lies - mystery, romance, non-fiction, cookbooks, sci-fi, fantasy, graphic novels - you get the idea. There's also a question regarding what might disappoint you - a specific author or genre or books that are too long or too short or have profanity, etc. Next is to let them know what you love by telling of specific authors or titles that you've already read and enjoyed. And last, how many - 3-5, 5-7, 8-10.
I thought it did sound fun and decided to try it. The questions did take a little thought, but I didn't want my answers, especially what I had enjoyed and already read, to take forever. I also thought that I would love to be the person selecting the materials for a patron, based on their answers. Wonder if they'd let me volunteer to do that? Ha! I sent in my form and a couple of days later was notified the books above were ready for pickup. The staff only selects from materials currently available on the shelf.
As you can see, I got the books listed below:
Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
Aunti Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano
No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
They actually did pretty well. I've only read the first one and the last one listed. I told them I had read all of Louise Penny, Deborah Crombie, and liked historical mysteries and psychological thrillers. I asked for no military-style thrillers and no cozies. Forgot to say I'd read all of Agatha Christie.
Have you taken advantage of a 'Grab-bag' situation at your library? Is your library doing something like this? Have you read any of the books and loved them? Do you think it would be fun to select books for a 'Grab-bag'? I think I'll let my librarian friend know that whoever picked for me did a great job.
Take care and I'll be back around soon...