Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review: Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto

A fun read for literary-philes! You do need to be well-read enough to know your Ayn Rand from your Jonathan Franzen, but even if you haven't read those books, it's fine - Ms. Leto has a guide to pretending you've read a laundry list of authors! That way you can fake your way through any cocktail party and seem to be the best-read person there! For the rest of us, who are fine with admitting we're never going to attempt Infinite Jest, no matter how wondering David Foster Wallace's writing is, it's still a fun romp through literature, with gossip, lists, and snark galore.

This book is a perfect gift for the reader in your life, provided they are a slight bit high-brow, but not so much so that they only read classics. Yes, she did snark on one of my favorite authors, but that's inevitable, and she more than made up for it by snarking on authors I dislike. It was short and quick and I enjoyed it very much.

The publisher sent me a free copy of this book, in hopes I would review it, but with no guarantee.


Blogger10 said...

A book for book lovers...great idea! Thanks for alerting me to this one. I think I would love it.

Ellie said...

I think she kinda snarked on EVERY author a bit, so at least you felt like your own favourites weren't getting singled out! I really enjoyed this one, though I definitely agree that basic lit-fic knowledge is a must if you don't want to get a bit lost in the labyrinth of names and references. Yay books about books!