Books by the Cover
They say not to judge a book by it's cover, but often that's exactly what I do. I will grab 20 books at a time off of the library shelves, based exclusively on either the beauty of the cover or the measure of appeal in the title. Here are some of the winners that I have discovered this way. "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets" is based in 1950's England. It effectively transports you to another time when frocks were worn every day. Love it. "The Careful Use of Compliments" and "Blue Shoes and Happiness" are both by Alexander McCall Smith. They are two different series about lady detectives, one set in Scotland, the other in Africa. In both cases, the so called mysteries are secondary-- an excuse, really, to spend time with his delightful characters. Both women make great company. Lastly, "As Simple as Snow" leans slightly toward too much teenage angst, but will drive you crazy with how simplistic it isn't. Read it twice. Enjoy!