01 October 2012

{Book Review} Judging a Book by It’s Lover

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 October 2012 at 12:11 PM | | | | | |

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Judging a Book by It’s Lover
A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere
Author: Lauren Leto
Pages: 269
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Rating: 4 Birds

Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take on Infinite Jest? Dying to shut up the blowhard in front of you who’s pontificating on Cormac McCarthy’s “recurring road narratives”? Having difficulty keeping Francine Prose and Annie Proulx straight?
For all those overwhelmed readers who need to get a firm grip on the relentless onslaught of must-read books to stay on top of the inevitable conversations that swirl around them, Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover is manna from literary heaven! A hilarious send-up of—and inspired homage to—the passionate and peculiar world of book culture, this guide to literary debate leaves no reader or author unscathed, at once adoring and skewering everyone from Jonathan Franzen to Ayn Rand to Dostoyevsky and the people who read them.

This has to be one of the most fantastically funny books I have read in a long time! Lauren Leto, creator of the popular humor blog “Texts From Last Night” really tells you how it is, in the world of book lovers. Now, confession here. Please no judging…but I have not read a lot of the books that Leto talks about in Judging a Book by It’s Lover. But, as a book lover I had enough working knowledge of authors and titles outside the world of YA I have lived in for quite some time, that the humor was not lost on me. So please, if you look at this book and think “I won’t like it, I haven’t read a lot of those” and therefore decide to pass on it. Don’t. She talks as much JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown and Jodi Picoult as she does Tolstoy, Good ol’ Bill Shakespeare and Nabokov.

This non-fiction is an absolute must read for the rabid reader or the English major or just anyone who has a small amount of knowledge about books and reading and wants a good laugh. Or even if you’re a non-reader who’s trying to impress any of the types previously listed.

While some may find Leto’s opinions to be one-sided or hard to relate too, I was not one of them! I fact, those that don’t always agree with (or understand who/what) Leto is talking about will still be drawn in by this light, fun and hilarious read.

Highlights of this novel, aside from the straight up honesty and quick witted-ness of Leto, are chapters called:

Oh The Men You Will Love – which is of course about the kinds of men you are attracted to when you read. And who doesn’t have one or two (dozen) book boyfriends?

Stereotyping People by their Favorite Author – which is a fairly straight forward title I don’t think I need to explain. Leto’s list of authors seems unending and holds nothing back when tucking everyone away in there little places.


JK Rwoling: Smart Geeks.
J.D Salinger: Kids who don’t fit in (duh).
Jodi Picoult: Your mom when she’s at her time of the month.
And my favorite, even as a fan of the books/movies, Stephenie Meyer: People who talk like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3

There’s more, oh so very much more….Fan Fiction discussion and a gift guide. Not to mention Twitter sized reviews of Memoirs!

In the end, this is just one girls opinion about a bunch of great novels. So you may not agree with everything, but you will laugh and you should own this! I found myself highlighting, bookmarking and quoting this book for days after I finished. Be sure to grab a copy tomorrow when it hits the book shelves!

Find Lauren Leto:
Twitter | Findings | Tumblr | Amazon




  1. Sounds like a fun read; thanks for sharing :)

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. This book sounds awesome!! I definitely need to pick up a copy soon--and that cover is so cute!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. This sounds hilarious just based on the type of person by their favorite author. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

  4. I'm definitely going to need to read this book. :D

    ~Ashley Prince @ The Bibliophile's Corner


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