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Odd Coincidences

Friday, April 10, 2009

I have two books sitting on my desk at work. Thirteen Reasons Why, because it’s soon to be signed by the author, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, because my boss wanted my opinion of the book (which I haven’t read yet). Since I read the ARC of Thirteen Reasons Why quite a while ago, I’ve never really paid any attention to the cover of the book (even though it's been sitting on my desk for the past week). Until I happened to glance at it and noticed the quote on the cover: “A mystery, eulogy, and ceremony.” –Sherman Alexie, best selling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

What are the chances? And I feel like Sherman Alexie just sent me a message that his book really should be moved to the top of the TBR pile.

11 comment(s):

bkclubcare said...

I had that same experience when a book I picked up was endorsed by Katherine Dunn right after I had read Geek Love! It's surely a sign... and I so want to read the PT Indian book (will it be going into your closet when you've finished?!)

Joanne said...

I used to always ignore cover quotes on books. It just peeved me sometimes to see a line from a big-time media review that really didn't provide anything more than repetitive one-liners.


"King at his Best...A Winner!"

"Horror at an unflagging pace...scary!"

"Vintage King...Breath-taking...awesome!"


"Hits the jugular...King's most disturbing horror yet!"

Those were from 5 random King novels I just grabbed off the shelf above my desk. All cover quotes from the NYTimes. And all completely interchangeable, it doesn't even matter what the titles are because I would almost guarantee that every King novel has a quote identical to these.

But now I do pay attention to the quotes because I'm seeing more and more authors and even bloggers being quoted on book covers and that simply rocks!!

Ramya said...

Lol! This is quite a strog message! I read Thirteen Reasons Why after reading your review.. you sent me your ARC, remember? It was such a good book. Looking forward to your review of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian".. It sounds interesting!

Dar said...

That is strange-definitely a message there Jill.

Chris said...

O_o Odd indeed! Want to hear something even more weird? Just last night I took Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian of of my TBR shelf to read for the read-a-thon. It has been sitting there for a year and a half, but I felt a sudden urge to read it last night O_o

saveophelia said...

pfffft, coincidence. total sign from God.

J.S. Peyton said...

I think the universe is trying to tell you something Softdrink: Read Alexie's book or he will haunt you till the end of your days...

= )

Ti said...

Yep. That's a sign.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

Yes, it's a sign!! Did you bring the book home for the weekend, or is it still sitting on your desk at work!?

softdrink said...

Care - unfortunately no, it won't go into the closet...I have to return it to its owner

Jo - !!!!! ;-)

Ramya - oh, I'm glad you reminded me, because I was just wondering who read the ARC after me. Me memory is crap.

Dar, saveophelia, and JS - and I'm definitely listening to the message!

Chris - cue Twilight Zone music. :-O Now you really have to read it!

Ti - now if I could just figure out how to get a subliminal message to you to buy World Made by Hand. :-D

Dawn - LOL...yes, it is now sitting on my desk here at home.

Pam said...

I always act on signs like that!

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

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