I think this is one of those books that you either like it or you don't. I happened to love it. She was insightful as to how readers often act and feel toward their books. I love how she called her books " my books are my secret lovers, the friends I run to to get away from the daily drudgeries of life, to try out something new and yes, to get away, for a few hours, from him (her husband). He doesn't need to know that my books are the affairs I do not have." I don't know about other readers, but I found this to be sooooo true in my life. LOL
This book is not about the books the author read in 1 year, it's about the process of choosing a book and the emotions you associate with a book and the way you life influences a book. Overall, I thought it pretensious and filled with name and book dropping. I was actually annoyed that this woman never provides you with an actual list of what she read during that year. She is just the type of person who would use the phrase "unwashed masses" on a regular basis. I will say that there are 2 entries in the entire book that make it worth paying for. I'm only taking the time to add one book to my TBR pile from this book.
I think the author's definition of what qualifies as a good book didn't jibe with mine, but in any case I really didn't like this book! I stopped halfway through, which I almost never do. Ironically, it was one of the tenets of the author that prompted me to do it: she says that a sign of maturity and freedom is to be able to set a book down that you don't like, no matter how much or little time you have invested in it. So I got some good advice after all!
The author of this book decided she would read one book a week for the next year. However, this book is not so much about what she read during that time as much as what she learned about herself through her choices.
I enjoyed this book. It was highly relatable to anyone who enjoys reading. The book was more about the process of picking out books and how people treat reading than the actual books. There were a few times when she completely gave away the ending to some books which led me to scratch them off my list of books to read.