'Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere'
Author: Lauren Leto
Published: Harper Perennial; Oct 2012
Synopsis: 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.
My Take: As an avid reader, nothing makes me happier than reading books about other people who love books. Maybe it helps me feel better about myself, or maybe its just because when I am reading a book about books it makes me feel more validated. Like, yep, there other crazy readers out there just like me!
Whatever the case, Lauren Leto's Judging a Book by Its Lover was the perfect little read for a book lover like me, and I hope a book lover like you too! Judging a Book by Its Lover reads like a collection of essays, meaning one story doesn't necessarily flow directly into the next, however they are all about books so they are all easy to read. Leto also has a huge sense of snark about her topic, which I love. However, if she makes a crack about one of your favorite books, well you may not like it. Personally, her writing is just one persons opinion and if you can't laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at?
Some of my favorite chapters were "The Rules of Book Club" in which, much like the rules of Fight Club, if you were ever in a book club you know the people she is talking about and the annoyingness that a book club can sometimes bring. Another favorite was the "Petition to Change the Term from Bookworm to Bookcat" because every reason she suggested has good sound logic, and yes I do prefer the term bookcat to bookworm so that's a petion I would sign!
All in all I think I flew through Judging a Book by Its Lover in a couple of sittings. If you are looking for a fun gift for the reader in your life, or if you are looking for an easy vacation read, I can highly recommend Lauren Leto's Judging a Book by Its Lover.
Cover Lust: This is a perfect cover! A little bit silly and totally befitting of the title.