9 Oct 2014



SOURCE: A GoodReads win.

THE BOOK ACCORDING TO ... THE BACK COVER: When books are your passion ... 
  • What were the author events of Ancient Rome like?
  • Which book dedications make us cry?
  • Are you a xenophile reader?
  • Did the US post really ban Chaucer?
  • What is the Kaima book project all about?
  • Are your books 'slightly foxed'?

Bookworms, Dog-Ears & Squashy Big Armchairs: A Book Lover's Alphabet is a hugely entertaining, original and informative A-Z of everything you ever wanted to know about books.

Enjoy over 250 thought-provoking entries and book facts, plus talking points, recommendations and games to play with books from the author of An Everywhere: A Little Book About Reading. 

FIRST SENTENCE {A}: Margaret Atwood - 'I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.'

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 110: Gentleman Publishers.*}: The term 'gentleman publisher' conjures the image of a person whose independent means and faith in the importance of good books enabled him (and it usually was a 'him') to indulge his passion for publishing. He may not have made a fortune out of the enterprise and may, indeed, have become a little shabby and unworldly as a result of his dedication.

MY THOUGHTS: From Aberrant through to Zzzzz by way of Madeleine (apparently the most famous cake in literature) with the addition of a quote from an author for each letter of the alphabet plus a diary of writer's birthdays Bookworms, Dog-Ears & Squashy Big Armchairs really is an ABC of all things bookish that, as entertaining as it is educational, is interesting enough to be read page-to-page or, presented as a dictionary, dipped into as and when.

OK so I dare say many of the facts could have been gained off various internet sites if you had the time and inclination to search but it is the wit with which the book is put together that makes it such a great read.

A little gem of a book, perfect for all bibliophiles out there, the only thing that could have made it any better in my opinion would have been some illustrations.

* Please Note: This is only a few sentences taken from an entry over a page long. TT



Kelly said...

This sounds delightful! It's definitely going on my wish list - both for myself and as a gift idea.

Literary Feline said...

Books like this are such fun! I will have to look for it.

Melliane said...

I'm not sure about this one, not sure it's for me.

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds adorable! I'm writing a chapter book series right now that builds in fun facts...and I've been getting them through internet research. It's all about compiling the research and putting it together in the way a reader finds fun. What did people do before the internet?

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds like a cute book. I can see wanting illustrations. Will have to check this one out.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Sounds like a good read even if pics would have made even better

Sherry Ellis said...

This definitely sounds like a unique book!

Brian Joseph said...

I so love to read about bookish things.

This book looks to be very entertaining and fun. Perhaps something to read in little bits. I will look for it and pick it up if I see it.

Michelle Miller said...

I will definitely have to get my hands on this one. I love books about books. I actually have quite a collection already. ;)

Bo said...

I will have to check this out! It sounds interesting and like it could be a lot of fun!

Lindsay said...

Sounds like a fun collection and the title made me smile.