Book Review: Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto (2012)
269 pages
Goodreads Summary: Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take onInfinite 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.

I love books about books so had to at least check out this one.  It’s short and easy to read but I wasn’t blown away by it.  Yes, it is quite satirical and the author says not to take her seriously, but I still couldn’t really get into it that much.

There is a section on how to pretend you’ve read certain famous works which was interesting but, I just don’t feel the need to pretend I’ve read things I haven’t.  Again, I know it was just for fun, but still…

Then there was a section about what types of people cite certain books as their favorites. Some were funny but most I couldn’t really relate to because I don’t know a ton of people who are readers or whose favorite books are classics which I felt were most of the books mentioned.

So yeah, I don’t know what to say about this book other than it was a fun, quick read and it’s fun to read about other books.  And even though I knew it was meant to just poke fun at people and books, I didn’t find myself laughing out loud or really getting into it because I don’t care about what other people read or what they think about what I’m reading.  For me nothing hilarious or mind blowing, simply enjoyable and a good way to pass the time.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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