13623953Reviewed by Sara Drake

Ms Leto offers readers a fun, witty, review of many of the “must-read” books that most of us never seem to find time to read and a look at the readers who love them. This book serves up a medley of Ms Leto’s observations about the literary world, her personal relationship with books, and her humorous take on books themselves. These observations by theme include a healthy dose of humor, making fun of one and all (including herself).

Judging a Book by Its Lover includes advice on how to pick people up in bookstores, how to judge people by their bookshelves, how to judge people by their favorite author, and how to fake a conversation about books you have not yet read. If this eclectic variety of topics appeals to you, this is definitely a must read book! The variety of books and authors discussed are as diverse as the general topics. I loved reading her humorous take on some of my favorite books and authors.

I have read avidly from a young age and considered myself fairly well-read. Reading Judging a Book by Its Lover, I realized that I seem to have missed a great deal over the years. Ms Leto introduced me to a number of authors I had never heard of and to books I have yet to find time to read. I found myself humbled by how many worthy books remain to be read and how little I really knew about the literary world. Underneath the humor, Ms Leto’s deep love of book shines through at times inspiring me to look more into new titles and authors I would have otherwise ignored.

I related to Ms Leto’s insights into herself, as I suspect most book lovers will. I found myself laughing out loud, to the disgruntlement of those around me, at some of the witty but oh-so-true observations. Some parts and jokes seemed overdone or drawn out too long; however, humor remains a matter of individual tastes so others may not think so. I enjoyed this book a great deal and found little to criticize. I have found few authors can sustain a humor through an entire book without becoming redundant or just boring. Ms Leto managed to keep the pace up, with only a few points where it dragged.

In the end, this book served as a fun romp through the literary world. I recommend it to anyone who has named themselves a bookworm and can still laugh at themselves.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Perennial. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.