Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover is a very humorous and light hearted book that focuses on book lovers. The author goes into great detail about why we love the books we do and what to expect from fans of a slew of well known authors. My favorite parts of this book were the parts where Lauren Leto shared memories of her childhood as well as her high school years. They struck a chord with me because I was not much different during my high school years. I also loved the chapter about why the term “book worm” should changed to “book cat” because each reason given made perfect sense to me. While there were a few parts I disagreed with I still found myself laughing to myself.
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.