Have you ever wanted to tell someone about a great book you’ve read, but found no one who was even a quarter as interested as you?The Shatford Library sponsored “Books that get ‘under our skin'” blog gives you the opportunity to spread the love about anything you’ve read recently or in the past.

“The blog was created in connection with the SKIN: Ideas and Arts Festival in Pasadena,” said Patty Johnson, adjunct librarian and instructor.

The site has been running reviews since August and creates an opportunity for readers in the PCC community to pass on a recommendation and engage in discussion about books they’ve enjoyed. There’s a “community resident” option under the contributor info tab, for those outside of the PCC community.

For those who believe there is a shortage of die-hard readers, internet forums like these can bring the dwindling group together.

According to the site, the blog is open to “literature, art, the sciences, music, history or social perspectives.” The submitted reviews so far focus on books from across that spectrum.

To the right of the screen you’ll find a box where users can submit their reviews, either with their name or anonymously. Reviews can be as long and detailed, or short and summarized, as the contributor would like.

Some of the books reviewed by users include science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular memoir and twice-reviewed “Eat, Pray, Love” and the Beat-era classic “Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs.

Tags are used to categorize books that fit certain labels, including everything from adolescence to Stephen Crane poetry.
Comments are welcomed.

After a peak in activity in October, the submissions have slowed down slightly, but during winter break’s lighter schedule, that makes for students to have more time, and an increase in entries is expected.

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