While shelving some JoJo Moyes books I came across a long, local realtor sponsored piece of note paper tucked inside, on which someone had written "This book was dumb. I'm pretty sure my mom thought so too." Then it had a picture of a realtor and his wife and dog smiling a lot.
While this likely would do little for JoJo Moyes and the happiness of her day, I was enriched by it. I mean, I wasn't necessarily thinking of reading any JoJo Moyes books, but if they're dumb I can kind of cross it off my list, I mean, just after I put it on my list.
I've always been hostile to people writing in books, but it did make me wonder, what if we had a couple pages in the back of all our library books for people to leave behind their brief reviews and comments? For a person who, when encountering a likely looking book out in the stacks, can't help but run to the nearest computer to read Goodreads or Amazon reviews of it, it sure would be nice to merely need to consult the back end papers for some authentic feedback on the book. I'm thinking something like this:
Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes
Please feel free to write a brief comment or review about this book in the space below!
8-17-17: I've heard great things about this JoJo Moyes book so I'm really excited to read this one. It should be great. I'll check back in later!
10-9-17: I hope it's okay to write here. I was wondering if the librarian could request for me season four of Bewitched. My name is Louise Schiller, phone number 448-555-0284. Thank you so much.
2-18-18: I just wanted to write down that what appears to be a spaghetti sauce stain on page 77 is not mine. It was already there when I was reading and eating spaghetti! You need to charge the person who had the book before me.
4-7-18: I liked it a lot. I think Kirsten Hannah is a terrific writer and this book is one of her best ones.
12-19-18: Good! Two stars.
2-10-19: Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes.
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
I read this as an ebook.
6-11-19: Didn't read. Ran out of time. Wish there was a seventh renewal option.
7-15-19: This book was dumb. I'm pretty sure my mom thought so too.