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Book Lust by Nancy Pearl

Book Lust (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Nancy Pearl

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Title:Book Lust
Authors:Nancy Pearl
Info:Sasquatch Books (2003), Edition: annotated edition, Paperback, 287 pages
Collections:Read.., Your library
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Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl (2003)


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Y'know, Pearl means well. But her annotations are so simplistic, if you're not willing to fly blindfolded, she won't be much help. I glanced at every page and used this website to look up a few of her recommendations, but found nothing to add to my to-read list.

Two main problems - 1) if your taste doesn't match hers, you'll often be disappointed. 2) GoodReads community reviews and Listopias and groups make a book like hers unnecessary. Even google books and amazon reviews are probably more helpful.

That said, if someone gives you a copy, say thank you. And hang on to it awhile; stick it on your reference shelf. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Just not my cup of tea. ( )
  yasmine_d | Mar 8, 2014 |
Just not my cup of tea. ( )
  yasmine_d | Mar 8, 2014 |
A fairly decent selection of suggestions what to read. The Categories of books she suggested were often interesting or things I would not have thought to look for in books. I definitely jotted down dozens of titles that sounded like works I would enjoy reading. Sometimes the suggestions seemed to devolve into simple listings of titles, which in the context of this work amounted to sections that I would think most readers simply skipped past. In my mind the whole point of picking up a book like this is to get teasers that hook you into reading, not lists of books withing a genre or subject matter. Still a worthwhile work. ( )
  jakegest | Dec 24, 2013 |
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl is more of a catalogue, listing as it does some of her favorite books on just about any subject, both fiction and non-fiction. I have spent the last couple of days absorbed in scanning her cleverly titled lists and making some lists of my own. I admit to at least two trips to the Kindle store.

Ms Pearl, a Seattle librarian, has an obvious love of books that goes right back to her childhood. In the last week I have also gone through her children and YA recommendations called Book Crush. One thing I have found is that Ms Pearl and I have many books in common. Nancy Pearl is also famous as being the creator of the Pearl Rule, understanding as she does that not all books are right for all people and that there is nothing wrong with trying a book and discarding it as not being the right book for you.

I suspect any book lover would enjoy Book Lust whether to get ideas for new books or simply as a trip down memory lane, being reminded of past books that had an impact in your life. I will definitely be picking up her More Book Lust as apparently there is always room for more books on my wish list. ( )
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I love to read. And while I might not absolutely agree with the Anglo-American man of letters Logan Pearsall Smith, who said, "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading," I come awfully close to subscribing to his sentiment. In fact, back in the days when I did such things, I needlepointed the quotation onto a piece of canvas. I've never gotten around to framing it or turning it into a pillow. Too many books, and life, had my attention, I guess. (Introduction)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0613925203, School & Library Binding)

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading by devising reading lists to cater to every mood, occasion, and personality.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:00 -0400)

Presents 170 themed reading lists designed for any type of reading, from "chick lit" to books on bicycling, covering a wide variety of tastes and topics.

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