Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Lust, yes that is a book title

You know I love to read, and I share here a great source for ideas of wonderful books to read.
Nancy Pearl is a librarian who reads widely and in her book "Book Lust" suggests books in 175 clever topic lists for us to consider reading. Pearl has a sense of humor which shows in some of her list titles.
The full title of her book is "Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason."
Here are just of few of the lists she has written with reading suggestions:
Do Clothes Make the Man (Or Woman) ?
Shrinks and Shrinkees
Kitchen-Sink Poetry
Texas: A Lone Star State of Mind
Brothers and Sisters
Babies: A Reader's Guide
Australian Fiction
Iris Murdoch: Too Good to Miss
Passage to India
I Love a Mystery
Great Dogs in Fiction.

The one shortcoming I find in this book is that I hoped to find some lists of books written by Christian writers, with Christian themes, both novels and nonfiction and Pearl does not include these.
Two authors I read because of her are Van Reid and his funny "Cordelia Underwood: Or, The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League" and Barbara Pym's witty stylish novels.
I hope some of these lists inspire you to get this book, probably most libraries have it. Of course, I bought my very own copy.

18 comments:

BECKY said...

Hi Terra! I have heard of Book Lust but didn't know anything about it. Thanks for all the info. It sounds like a neat one!

Mari said...

What a fun book - sounds like one I'd like to check out.

Jen Vandervoort said...

I'm always looking for a good book to read. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jen

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Inger said...

A good idea for a book for book lovers. I am one too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for paying me a visit. With regard to our Poetry afternoons - we have one on the last Wednesday of each month. We read our favourite poems - yesterday we had Douglas Dunn, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Don Paterson, Robert Browning, John Betjamen, Robert Frost, Lewis Carroll, to name but some - so you see there is a wide range of interest.

Pearl said...

All good suggestions!

Greetings from Minneapolis!

Pearl

GRACE PETERSON said...

Hi Terra, great to know. I am unfamiliar with this book but I think it's a great idea. Maybe you can contact her and see if she'll write a second book with Christian recommendations. :)

Curtains in My Tree said...


I was just saying I need a new book to read
You commented on my Santos doll with the folded paper dress. I have an angel hymn book also with folded pages.which when I first seen her i was just amazed how someone thought that idea up

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

Terra, that is a new book list "Book Lust" to me and I have read a few of those on it. I always have many books to read...I am absolutely another book lover...and keep a separate blog for my reads, although I need to play catch up on it too.

Friko said...

I am in the market for some light weight but well-written literature.

A smile would be welcome. Barbara Pym is an excellent smile producer.

Michaele said...

I would love to the through this and see how she wrote a whole book about it. You have a good suggestion there. Would be nice is you could give her your feedback.

koralee said...

Hope you are well...happy May to you. Thanks for sharing...my reading starts in July once school is out. May have to take a peek into this one. xo

Carol Z said...

This looks really good, and just the right thing for gifts for my reader friends.

Catherine said...

Happy May Terra!!
So many lovely books - I look forward to getting back to reading when I retire. :)
xo Catherine

Simply Shelley said...

I love books as well,a couple of these titles sound like something I would enjoy reading...I will look for this book on my next trip to the library...blessings friend

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never heard of this but I would love to find a copy. Hugs, Diane

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Terra dear,

Van Reid used to wait on me when I bought books at Maine Coast Bookstore and Cafe. I was so surprised when his first book came out and I thoroughly loved it (and all of them).

The books were written about our area of Maine (Damariscotta and nearby towns). I was so sad when he didn't get another contract for his books.

All best,

Sharon