THE BOOK LOVERS'S COMPANION: WHAT TO READ NEXT (Foreward by LIONEL SHRIVER.)
SOURCE: A blogoversary win courtesy of JB at BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS.
With The Book Lovers' Companion deciding what to read will never be a dilemma again. Containing over 100 titles, from classics to bestsellers, as well as little-known gems, this handy guide features in-depth analysis of truly rewarding reads. Each book report provides a non-spoiler synopsis, background information, starting points for discussion and suggested companion volumes. For bibliophiles everywhere, this is an indispensable handbook.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Foreward): I own a threadbare T-shirt that says, 'Life's too short to drink bad wine'.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Identifying which of the books I had read and making a list of those to be added to my wish list.
MY THOUGHTS: Frustrated/Annoyed by books that have previously been published under a different title? Beware that this is a reprint of the 2007 'The Book Club Bible'.
A great companion guide that proved much more interesting than I had anticipated. As well as 100 or so books that are discussed in a certain amount of depth there are also several sections listing the 'top 10' reads in categories such as 'British/American Classics', 'World Classics', 'Men's Books' and 'Sci-Fi Books'.
With each featured book (many of which are excellent choices for reading groups) allocated two pages the information given includes a publication date, number of pages (though it is pointed out in the notes that this can vary depending on the edition read), a spoiler free synopsis, either a 'What the critics said' or 'Readers Opinion', 'Discussion Points', 'Background Information' and what I occasionally felt were some fairly obscure 'Suggested Companion Reads'.
Great to pick out the books you have read and ideal if you want to add to your reading list. My only criticisms being that there was no note on just how the books had been chosen/who they had been chosen by and that there were few of the featured books published before the 1990's.
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