Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto

by Jessica Anderson on November 29, 2012

in Non-Fiction, Review Copy, Reviews

Judging a Book by Its Lover

Title: Judging a Book by Its Lover
Author: Lauren Leto
Pages: 288
Originally Published: 2012
Format I Read: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: [rating:3]

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I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

I’m a sucker for books about books. I have an entire shelf devoted to them. I love them. And so, I could not pass up the opportunity to read and review Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto.

JABBIL is almost a parody of other books about books. And, like any book of humorous essays, it had high and low points for me. It felt uneven, but I think it was because the different bits and stories will work for some and not for others.

I liked the fact that Leto, at times, took a more relaxed view of loving books. But at other times, I felt like she was overly judgmental about the books people read that she personal views with disdain. And some of the jokes, while funny, went on for way too long and were often a little mean. For example, there are fifteen pages of the chapter entitled “Stereotyping People by Favorite Author.” Here are the first three to give you a taste:

J.D. SALINGER
Kids who don’t fit in (duh).

STEPHENIE MEYER
People who type like this: “OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3."

J.K. ROWLING
Smart geeks.

Fifteen pages of these was a bit much for me. But the book as a whole was a fast read and entertaining in that it is about my favorite subject: books. Despite some things that didn’t work for me, I think lovers of books about books will find something to enjoy in this one.

Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto [rating:3]

Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of this book.

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bermudaonion(Kathy) November 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

This sounds interesting even though I don’t like it when people judge others by their taste in books. It would be a dull world if we all liked the same thing.

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Jessica December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

I agree that it would be very dull. I love the facts that books speak to all different kinds of people. And, because of that, there will likely be something in this book you’ll like.

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