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There are all kinds of reasons why people read, all of which are equally valid and important. Some read for escape and entertainment. Others want to experience historic, futuristic, or fantasy settings and characters. A lot of us read for the sheer appreciation of language and story as art. Still others want relatable characters that are so well formed they seem like real people.
Recently, another librarian and I were batting around title ideas for a new book discussion group when I had to stop and double-check the names for two authors. Was I remembering their names correctly? Surely they didn’t BOTH share “Moriarty” as a last name. I mean, that’s kind of unusual, isn’t it?
I’ll confess--I first picked up a Laura Lippman book simply because of alliteration. She’s got such a great name; it’s like she was destined to be a writer. And while I wouldn’t describe myself as a mystery or suspense reader, I was hooked.