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

by Nancy Pearl

Sasquatch Books, 2005. ISBN 1570614350.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 04/24/2006

Life Lessons

The moment I finished Pearl's first book, Book Lust, I reached for its sequel, More Book Lust. Pearl's lists in her first book sparked a fire within to create a diverse list of to-be-read titles and authors, which I could carry to the library on upcoming visits. I wasn't sure that she could write a more interesting set of book lists than she already had. But I am glad she never doubted it!

More Book Lust continues in the same format as its predecessor... Lists of books by title, location, or topic. Some familiar, some classics. Some nearly as new as her own 2005 publication.

There are lists for the culinary savvy and lists for kids, or adults who are kids at heart and never tire of a good kid-lit read! There are lists about war. (Notice I said lists - plural; she doesn't lump all war books into one general group but takes the time to sort them according to venue, military branch or author.) There are lists of books on topics I never dreamed of reading but now am curious to take a closer look. There are books with an international flavor and books with small-town USA plots and characters. In short, if there is a topic for a book, it has its own list in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust duo.

Pearl was a librarian and is now a noted NPR regular as well as author. She is credited with the first "book group" by launching a citywide activity in 1998 for everyone to read the same book and then come together to discuss it. Look how far that concept has reached now in towns and cities all over the country and online. Even in our own Story Circle Network, the fruits of her idea can be realized in our reading e-circle or one of the Austin area reading circles.

If you are stumped for a good read, or if you just like books so much that you feel inclined to read a book about books, More Book Lust is sure to please!

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