The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.

This week’s recommended discussion: introductions. Do you read introductions before or after you’ve read a book, or do you not read them at all? Are they too long, contain spoilers, or assume a familiarity with the author or plot? Do they provide context that makes more sense after you’ve read the book? Are introductions written by “celebrity” writers more appealing?

Settle into your favorite chair, and let’s celebrate the written word.

One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone. The OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread. Pictures of books related to a post are fine, though.

upcoming topics:
11/27: feasts (books that are feasts, OR literal feasts in books)
12/4: opinions against the tide (h/t to sic humor)
12/11: best book gifts
12/18: year-end best ofs
12/25: Merry Christmas free skate
1/1: Happy New Year free skate/goals for the new year
1/8: goals for the new year
1/15: mannered prose – what works or fails (h/t to lebkuchen)
1/22: writers who ruin their own series (h/t to upvote moneydog)

Book Nook posts every Wednesday at 8:15 AM Eastern.