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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
Tags:Own, Books About Books, Reference

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Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl (2003)


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I LOVE to read and am always looking for more suggestions. I've had the pleasure of hearing Nancy Pearl on NPR and in person - she is delightful and a font of information on books and reading. This is a great reference to have, but it's somewhat dry reading. (And I don't always agree with her.) ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
Ten years old this year, this book could stand to be updated—and I didn't care much for Pearl's vaguely cheesy style of writing—but reading a book about books is just a lot of fun. My to-read shelf will have practically doubled by the time I finish going back through the book to add titles to it.

[Updated after trying to read Book Crush: I've decided that these books are really useful only when you can buy your own copy and use it as a shopping list. Trying to make separate lists from it is just an absurd pain in the neck, and not worth the effort.]
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Great resource for finding books based on topics. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
I turn to this when I'm looking for something new to read ( )
  WonderlandGrrl | Jan 29, 2016 |
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 |
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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.
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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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