Here are the two types of phone calls I generally receive from my friends on the West Coast:
a) “Hi, are you near the internet?” this one starts out. Then the person needs me to look up directions or some other internety thing. Generally I am near the internet so I guess this is why these calls are made.
b) “Hi, I’m in a book store, what should I get?” the second one goes. Then I am expected to name the title of an amazing book in under sixty seconds, which I am generally able to do because I am near the internet and can look in my LibraryThing account or old book database for something to recommend.
Now you people know who you are and I am not saying I don’t enjoy these phone calls. I wouldn’t deliver such services if I wasn’t interested in repeat business.
That said, I need a little something in return. Since I am obviously already quite near the internet right now, what I need is a book recommendation. I don’t like taking library books on an airplane so I am going to purchase something to read, preferably a paperback, to take home for the holidays. What is that something going to be? (hint: use the above links to confirm what I have/have not read).