For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More

By Graham Tarrant

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5 dragons for what it does to book lovers. 3 dragons for what I wanted/expected. Averaged out gives us four dragons.

I’m giving this four dragons rather than five because it was difficult to read straight through. It jumped very quickly when it could have slowed down and given a more complete look at some of the more interesting sections. Basically this book was a book of paragraphs that didn’t connect which is fine for the style of the book, but is not my personal taste.

For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More

is the type of book that almost needs to be read as a physical copy. I

wanted to have this book in my hands where I could flip through it and peek around. I wanted to be able to annotate and highlight (in the real world). I wanted to be able to take the time to commit some of these stories to memory. Instead I found myself flipping through page after page in fascination but remembering very little. This would also make an amazing coffee table book if those are still a thing. I wanted to be able to pick this up and wow my family with strangle little tidbits.

It is so full of entertaining facts about well-known and beloved authors that I took about a million screenshots while reading it. It’s definitely worth picking up even for just a few pages of escape. I was quite excited to read this and wasn’t really disappointed though I did have different expectations. And in the interest of absolute honesty I haven’t fully finished it. I’ve read well over half, but I didn’t want to rush it because then I wouldn’t remember any of the cool stuff. So I’m writing this review without being able to say I’ve read every word which is unusual for me at least when the book is not a DNF, but it is because I enjoy the book so much that I don’t want to end it just yet.

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