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I never intended to read this book cover-to-cover – after all it is nothing more than lists of books – but once I started I couldn’t stop. Pearl recommends with insight, enthusiasm, and humor. It’s hard not to want to read every single book listed. And she does have excellent taste in books I must say, as many great books I’ve already read were listed. I’ll be sure to refer to this in preparing my reading list for next year. “A life devoted to reading does not leave much time for other hobbies, especially not those activities that could potentially fill up vast amounts of time.” (p. 96)
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found this little guy on a desk while patiently waiting for my high school english teacher to come back to his classroom today. he didn't show, but i mined its cleverly and whimsically constructed lists of book recommendations for solid gold.
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This is one in a series of amazing books. A librarian started making lists, and now they are best selling book suggestion guides. Nicely done. This is the only one I've read so far.
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I bought this book before discovering LibraryThing, and even after the LT discovery, I'm glad I picked it up.This is a book about books. Nancy Pearl has put together 172 short chapters, arranged alphabetically, that list books, some described, and some not. I placed a ton of colored tabs throughout this book with ideas to significantly increase my wishlist and TBR pile. The chapters run the gamut, from 'Academia - The Joke' to 'Zero: This Will Mean Nothing to You.' Some of many , many chapters I starred include: Bomb Makers (books about those involved with the development of the atomic bomb), Companion Reads (listings of 2-4 books recommended to read together), Les Crimes Noir, Epistolary Novels, First Novels, The Islamic World, The Middle East, 9/11 and WWII Fiction.You can go about reading this book in a number of ways - as purely a reference work for use at the library or bookstore, so when you're in the mood for a 'Technothriller' you just go directly to that chapter and pick something. You could breeze through it, just reading chapters about categories of books you already like and are familair with (which is what I did the first time), or you can read all the chapters in detail, and consider broadening your reading lists, which is what I did the second time through.For all lovers of books, and especially those who are looking for new books in favorite genres and those interested in exploring new genres.
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I'm a huge fan of booklists, and this was a good example of one. Most of the books chosen by Pearl aren't bestsellers or award winners, but are more obscure options that you probably haven't read yet. She arranges the collection into 175 useful, creative, and humorous lists. The lists are named specifically, presented in alphabetical order, and posted in the Table of Contents. Some examples are: Adventure by the Book, Bird Brains (books about birds), Fathers and Daughters, First Novels, Shrinks and Shrinkees, Hanky Reads, Zero (literally...books about the concept of zero), Chick Lit, Elvis on my Mind, Families in Trouble, and 9/11. She also includes works from "Too Good To Miss" authors, and most of her recommendations include a brief description of the work. I checked this out from the library, but I'll probably buy it at some point. This is a great gift for book lovers and a wonderful addition to the shelf of any reader. There is also a companion volume, "More Book Lust," and a movie version, "Movie Lust," that are probably worth checking out.
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I received this book as a Christ-mas gift from our oldest child. Some time later, youngest daughter happens by as I sit ensconced in the book. “Mo-ah-om! What are you DOing?!” (She's my drama queen.) Say I, “I'm reading my new book.” Says she, “but that's not the kind of book you re-ead.” (I have a long way to go with that child!)The book is chock full of notes now and I did enjoy the read! Also appreciated the index of authors and titles. Although some of her recommendations were accompanied by enough detail to get an idea about the book mentioned, some titles were just listed at the end of their section (as in Mothers and Sons). I would like to have seen at least a short line about every recommendation. I am not well read, so I really look forward to seeking out some of her suggestions. This was a fun book to dive into. (3.8 stars)
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Nancy Pearl is becoming quite the famous little librarian and i'm always hip to pick up on new recommended reading lists (especially since my own reading is so ecclectic and strange). She has great categories, this makes a great tool for librarians and feeds any biblioaddicts addiction--whether you view that as good or bad i will leave up to you...
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Make your own list of favorite books before you read this one. Of course, if you are on Goodreads, you already have!
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This book is loaded with great reading recommendations, including a number of inspired choices. Nancy's commentary is a bit compressed, more closely resembling the 'Staff Recommends' cards in bookstores, rather than essays from the NYT Book Review. The chapter topics jump around, and the book is really designed for random access. Open it to any page, and you'll likely see a book that you've read and liked, and at least one you'll want to put on your wish list. Though it was only published in 2003, some titles can be difficult to find.
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Well, in case you need some good recommendations on what to read, may I suggest two most excellent books by Nancy Pearl?Book Lust (and More Book Lust) are filled with annotated book lists of books to read and enjoy. Most of my favorites were there and some were missing, but the Ms. Pearl, the rockstar librarian, encourages the rest of us write in with our additions.So, these books offer lists with such topics as "Africa: Yesterday and Today" and "Quirky Science" she introduces the topic and writes a sentence or two about the books she lists, giving just enough to make you want to read them.Read these books with paper and pencil, because your "To Read" list will expand exponentially-- I think I added 9 pages to mine with these books! Despite my innate fear of writing in books, I'm taking a pencil to mine, putting little check marks by the books I've read.
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