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Even though I have lengthy lists of books I want to read, and actually own a few hundred books I've not yet touched, I can never resist a book that helps me choose more!
Jane Mallison's Book Smart is an exceptional work, and I'm particularly recommending it for this forum because it can help us when we make out our 2013 reading lists. (Yes, I am looking ahead!)
Mallison suggests focusing on different genres throughout the year ("Towering Works to Read in Translation," "Crimes of Various Sorts," and "Young Men on a Quest," to name a few). She recommends several books, commenting on them in a lively fashion. In addition, she names related books a reader might want to check out.
I don't intend to follow her plan, but her comments are so helpful (particularly when she tells you what to skip!).
Copies of the books are available from as low as 99 cents (plus shipping) from Alibris: it's a most worthy investment, in my view.
Thanks for the rec.
I read through the table of contents and discovered I've read 17 on the list and most of them from the women's lit and on the battlefield catagory. I've read none of the first catagory and do not want to at all.
I was surprised to see several modern books on the list. I like that.
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What especially delights me about this book is that the author offers such wonderful feedback on her choices. And the bonus is that she suggests further reading possibilities.
The more I read this book (I'm nearly finished), the more I appreciate its value.