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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence

Summary: "In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature―sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths. A celebration of reading, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is for anyone who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book…and another, and another, and another!" - Amazon

This book is fun.  Pure and simple fun.  Of course, you're reading about someone else's love, peeves, questions, and thoughts about the novels they've read, so I didn't always agree, but I definitely could relate!  Annie Spence writes with an honesty and snarkiness I totally love.  The first part consists of her breakup/love letters to those books she's read, weeded, recommended, etc.  The second part is made of reading lists that are super funny.  For example, one list is made of various excuses to give out to friends when you want to stay home and read.  Each excuse is accompanied by a recommended book.  Again - fun!  I think my favorite letters are those to Frog and Toad (I totally identified) and a blood-splatter book requested and received through inter-library loan (who hasn't gushed over a weird gross book and then wondered about the person asking for it!).       

So worth the read. 

5/5

256 pages

1 comment:

  1. The author had a nice interview in the Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article208859984.html. I will have to give this one a read!

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