Never pass up a good book!

By Sarah Dyer

Posted on August 15, 2013 in Books with tags

To celebrate the paperback publication of Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood And Starlight, I’m going to tell you a story.

A couple of years ago, I was working in Waterstones and, needing something to do in the last half hour before closing, I had a read of the latest Hodderesque email.

Featured in that email was a debut novel by an unknown author by the name of Laini Taylor. Described as a beautiful fantasy novel with romance and a strong female lead character, that novel was Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, and I was intrigued.

I replied to the email asking for a proof copy, and a few days later, it arrived at my store.

Now, you’re probably thinking that I’m now going to tell you how I rushed home to read it and fell in love.

Not so.

A colleague of mine had also seen the email and was really keen to read Daughter… too. At the time, my ‘pile of shame’ was taller than I am, and she ran our children’s and young adult sections, so I passed the proof to her and – shamefully – forgot all about it.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year, I’ve started working at Hodder and I see copies of Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. It all comes back to me! I really wanted to read that!

I took a copy of Daughter… home, as well as the sequel: Days Of Blood And Starlight, and I absolutely devoured them. I couldn’t believe that I had passed this book up, and that it had taken me so long to finally read it!

The two books are now hold pretty high positions in my list of Favourite Books Of All Time, and I’m kicking myself for not diving into that proof as soon as I got it.

Moral of this story? Never say no to a good book!

So, have you ever passed on reading a book, only to discover it later on and fall in love with it?

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2 comments on “Never pass up a good book!”

  • Daniel Polansky says:

    I tried to read Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale like five different times but for whatever reason couldn’t get past the first 100 pages–though having just finished it I cannot for the life of me understand why, as it is a marvelously enjoyable work.

  • Jamie says:

    DoSaB surprised me with how much I enjoyed it, despite the supernatural romantic angle. It made me rethink books that lean towards YA; I’ve got Blood & Starlight on my shelf and I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

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