When I saw the cover of Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto, I was instantly intrigued. A book dedicated to book lovers and it has a whole chapter dedicated to the smell of bookstores? This book was written for people like me.
As soon as I read the quote,
Happiness is a bent page
I knew that I had found my new favourite book. At a young age Lauren Leto was told by a teacher that she was “good at reading”, so she made it her mission to be the best at reading. Like any book lover, she notes that she can get caught up in her favourite hobby and it doesn’t need to be Marcel Proust to catch her attention. She’s read all the Harry Potter books and she devourers and savours her airplane commutes, because it’s a great excuse to tear through the latest Janet Evanovich mystery. For some reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she doesn’t judge those that like to dip into a good chick lit or murder mystery. I’m a firm believe that book lovers should not be defined by the books on their shelves. If you love reading, you love reading. Period. It was reassuring to know that I’m not the only one that picks up Sophie Kinsella one week and Margaret Atwood the next.
Filled with humourous antidotes about what defines a book lover, Lauren Leto will have you roaring out loud when you read chapters like:
- Ten Rules for Bookstore Hookups
- The Rules of Book Club
- Petition to Change the Term from “Bookworm” to “Bookcat”
- Stereotyping People by their Favourite Author (seriously, I could NOT stop laughing when reading this chapter)
It’s a quirky, fun novel that doesn’t just discuss the characteristics of a reader, but delves a little deeper in discussing the onset of eBooks in recent years. As well as, the differences between independents versus chains. It’s very clear that Lauren understands the changes that are taking place in the world of publishing and she approaches each topic with dignity and knowledge.
I’m going to leave you with some of Lauren’s GREAT stereotypes about people based on their favourite authors, because they’re awesome and they’re sheer proof as to why you need to go get your hands on a copy of this book!
Stephenie Meyer People who type like this: “OMG. Mah fAvvv ❤ ❤
Leo Tolstoy Guys I want to date.
Nick Hornby Guys who wear skinny jeans and the girls who love them.
Truman Capote People who would never dream of owning anything that could be classified as a knickknack.
See what I mean friends?? And this is just a TASTE of what you’ll get while reading.
If you love books, then this is one that needs to be on your shelf!