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June 1, 2016

Suggestions from a Stranger

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN on the New York City subway


One day two summers ago, I was riding the subway home when I spotted someone reading a book whose cover looked vaguely familiar. Like any other book enthusiast, I tried to discreetly crane my neck so I could better see what she was reading. To my surprise, it was The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I’d just seen that book at BEA (BookExpo America), but it wasn’t out in the world yet.

I immediately got really excited. How did this woman get an early copy? Did she also work in publishing, or was she a librarian or a teacher? And most importantly, did she like the book? Would she think I should read it?

Though I never got the answers to those questions, the moment stuck with me. I dug into my own copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown not long after and devoured it in about a day. And it’s a big book! I have to admire the subway stranger’s commitment to lugging around those 400-plus pages.

I still get excited when I see someone reading a physical book. Though I tend to be very wary of other people’s book recommendations (I can be a picky reader!), there’s something magical about a stranger with a book, maybe smiling, maybe laughing, or maybe just reading. And that’s why this year, I’m going to read a book that I see someone else reading. Even if I can’t tell if they love the book they’ve chosen, the fact that they’re carrying the book around with them, well, speaks volumes. Now, that’s a recommendation I can believe in!*





About the Author: Rachael is the editorial assistant for the Grade 4, Grade 5, Tab, Arrow, and Teens Reading Club catalogs and Book Beat online. She loves giving book recommendations, but not so much receiving them…which is why she’s made this reading resolution!

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  1. I love that you love to read books! I love to read, it takes me to a whole different place and time. I will try to find the book that you were talking about, it seems like a good book

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