Most people do not enjoy going to the dentist, but it is a place of beauty and book exchange for me! Our dentist's wife (who also manages the office) maintains orchids like no one else I know, and we love to talk about the books we have read since last seeing each other.
I love getting book ideas from others in so many different ways. A colleague told me how captivated she was with Chad Harbach's THE ART OF FIELDING, and I am now equally interested in it. My neighbor read Cheryl Strayed's WILD for her book group, and now I am reading her copy. My blogging friends share their favorites in connection with things I mention. My mom passes on suggestions of from her friends and librarians. And, of course, my teaching partner gives me ideas (and lets me borrow books she has checked out from other libraries, like Clare Vanderpool's NAVIGATING EARLY).
Who are your trusted book talkers?