Published: 2012 by Harper Perennial
Source: Received copy from publisher for review
A book about books — what could be better?
Actually, Judging a Book by Its Lover is more of a book about the love of books and reading. And not just “serious” literature — in fact one of Leto’s points at the beginning is that “Loving to read means sometimes you like to turn your head off”. Reading is reading regardless of the book, although she also makes sure to note that “silly books shouldn’t be all we read”. In fact, I would take it a step further and say that serious books shouldn’t be all we read either. There are just too many good books in the world to restrict oneself to one or the other; sure I prefer to read serious books most of the time, but I do love me a light fluffy novel once in a while to clear my head too.
Basically, if you are a book lover (and I assume that if you are reading this you probably are), this is probably a book that will interest you. Some of the sections — like tips for bookstore hookups and how to fake knowledge of different authors’ works — were either irrelevant or too long for my taste, but I did find a few books to add to my to-read list and enjoyed the light and not too serious look at avid readers.