Book Lust:
Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason

by Nancy Pearl

Sasquatch Books, 2003. ISBN 1570613818.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 04/24/2006

Life Lessons

Like any avid reader, I am always curious about the books others are reading. The patients who come to the office where I practice my profession of nursing often come bearing a book suggestion or the book itself. The word is out... I am a voracious reader! This being said, is it any wonder that when I happened upon Nancy Pearl's Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, I could hardly contain myself?

Pearl, a librarian, author and NPR regular, has compiled an impressive array of books—some classics, some newcomers and certainly some from practically any genre or venue that you could imagine. Her book has the added appeal of being so well organized that it is one you can easily pick up and read as little or as much as you like in one sitting. Although I must admit it only took me one sitting to read the book, it took two additional sittings to go back through and compile my own list from Pearl's list. Readers might want to read smarter with paper and pen handy so they can jot down authors and/or titles as they read.

Within Pearl's 175 lists of books, I was delighted to find many well-loved works that are now on my list to re-read. I also was introduced to authors and titles that have piqued my curiosity and sent me packing to the local library with list in hand. Whether readers enjoy fiction or non, contemporary or Victorian, stories of travel to exotic places or stories of a hometown nature, they are sure to find many suggested titles.

Among my favorite lists are the ones titled "Too Good To Miss: _______," which introduce the works of particular authors. Many of these authors were unfamiliar names to me but are no longer! Pearl has introduced me to some great reads I might otherwise have missed. This is, by far, the best gift of this delightful book about books.

(See also More Book Lust by this author.)

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