Monday, September 27, 2010

Series Review by Shellie: Book Lust; More Book Lust; Book Crush; and (almost released) Book Lust to Go ~ by Nancy Pearl

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If you love books and lists, and are an eclectic reader, you will adore this series. Each recommends books which are organized into themes, with great little descriptions; all are softbound, small and easy to read.

Books reviewed:

  • Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason  ~ by Nancy Pearl
  • More Book Lust:  Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
  • Book Crush: For Kids and Teens

Not included in review ~  soon to be released:

  • Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers  (available for purchase Oct 2, 2010)

My Thoughts:  Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire, has created this series of books (with the fourth to be released in a few days) which contain organized collections of book recommendations, labeled under catchy little categories. Inside the categories are enticing snippets of the books in a very readable format.

The books are small and easy to handle with a soft cover. With her “lust” of reading, Pearl shares with the reader the books she loves and those which she knows about, creating more desire and adding to your ever expanding book list. I spent hours perusing these books, enjoying her fun and interesting recommendations.

Better yet, Nancy has a variety of philosophies which she labels “Pearlisms”. One is the “rule of fifty” which I have used recently when an abandoning a book (Pride and Prejudice – sorry Jane). What I love is that she gives you permission to stop reading a book when you are not enjoying it. It’s a free “get out of guilt card”. Here is her rule:

If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up.  If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit.  Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!

I loved these little books and will be purchasing every one for my personal collection. 4 stars for Book Lust and Book Crush, and 4.5 stars for More Book Lust – since it has so many books I had never heard of.  Highly recommend resources for teachers, librarians, and book lovers within every genre.

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Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason ~ Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; annotated edition edition (August 18, 2003)  

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More Book Lust:  Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason ~ Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (April 13, 2005)

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Book Crush: For Kids and Teens ~ Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (March 7, 2007)

 

 

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To be Released in 3 days!

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers ~ pre purchasing Amazon links for US/UK/Canada.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; Original edition (October 1, 2010)

 

Author Bio: In Detroit, Nancy spent her childhood and most of her adolescence at the local public library. When she was ten years old, she knew she wanted to become a children’s librarian. And she did just that.

To connect with Nancy Pearl you can link to her Goodread’s author page – where she is a Goodread’s author - her blog, and her podcast site.

If you’re interested in checking out my choices from Nancy Pearl’s books, link to Shellie’s Goodreads account and add yourself as a friend. I will be adding close to 100 books from her recommendations.

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A small reminder for the busy - It is Banned Book Week!

To support our freedom to read what we choose (and not books moderated by someone else's belief system) please read a banned book of your choice and go to Banned Book Week - (September 25th through October 2nd). This link takes you to badges and info from the ALA’s page for the event. The following links to a list of banned books from the American Library Association’s - Think for Yourself and Let Others do the Same

Did you realize that The Twilight Series was placed on a list by group of concerned parents?

Thanks for reading!

4 comments:

Simcha said...

I love the sound of these books, though I'm not sure if a book that will cause me to discover more books to read is really a good thing for me ;)

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

Simcha -
I completely understand... lol. Have you seen my list on goodreads? Its coming up to 1500 tbr books.

and its so much fun!

Esther said...

I love Nancy Pearl and listen to her podcasts. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

Esther -
I had not heard her speak until I listened to her pod cast in yesterdays post around banned books.

She sounds balanced and empathetic with the issues around banned books. Which is appreciated.

I am looking forward to her podcast (about books) since I now have it on my ipod. Now the trick is to find some time to listen to it.

These books are so much fun .....

Thanks for stopping by!

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