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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Judging a Book by It's Lover by Lauren Leto

Judging a book by it's lover: A field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere
by Lauren Leto
HarperPerennial
ISBN: 978-0-06-207014-2
Buy from Indigo

Description: Lauren Leto, humor blogger and co-author of Texts from Last Night, now offers a fascinating field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Judging a Book by Its Lover is like a literary Sh*t My Dad Says--an unrelentingly witty and delightfully irreverent guide to the intricate world of passionate literary debate, at once skewering and celebrating great writers, from Dostoevsky to Ayn Rand to Jonathan Franzen, and all the people who read them. This provocative, smart, and addictively funny tome arose out of Leto's popular "book porn" blog posts, and it will delight and outrage literature fans, readers of Stuff White People Like and I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar--people obsessed with literary culture and people fed up with literary culture--in equal measure.
 
The Good Stuff
  • Wickedly funny often good naturedly snarky
  • Actually learned a lot & not just how to pick up a guy in a bookstore/library 
  • Love the fact that she adores Evanovitch as much as the literary elite
  • Wonderful suggestions that will help me in my job as a bookseller and Librarian
  • Cannot say enough about the chapters Book Critic's Bag of Tricks - which has given me many new words for my reviews
  • Fabulous message about the importance of books
  • Touching and personal 
  • Loved the chapter What your child will grow up to be if you read them .. It's hilarious and spot on -- and btw I read them a lot of Seuss so phew things are looking good for my boys
  • The chapter How to Fake it will come in extremely well at my part time job ; )
  • A compelling, pithy read - see chapter Book Critic's Bag of Tricks
  • And no I will not lend this book to you --- go buy your own
  • Thinking I should really make my hubby reading this
 The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Wanted more
  • The Classifying literature chapter was far too intelligent for me
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"You would've thought I'd learn after that. Books aren't good gifts for people who don't read. But like a maniac, I keep shoving books into nonreader hands.  I picture myself as not unlike John the Baptist. But instead of preaching for Jesus, I'm preaching for stories."

"Considering yourself a serious reader doesn't mean you can't read light books. Loving to read means you sometimes like to turn your head off. Reading  is not about being able to recite passages from Camus by memory."

"They're BEAUTIFUL THINGS, tangible books. The iPad, Nook, and Kindle are swiftly taking away our ability to instantly judge people by their choice of reading material in public places, but for a little while longer, you'll be able to strike up a conversation with a stranger, or silently mock them, as you notice them cracking open a wonderfully bulky copy of I am Charlotte Simmons."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read 
  • For those who passionately love the written word
  • Perfect gift for the book lover
  • Not for those who aren't crazy about books
4 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review

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