- Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
- My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Title: Dear Fahrenheit 451
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: September 26th 2017
About this book:
If you don’t have a best friend who is a librarian, get this book. Anyone who loves to read needs to find a librarian who likes to read the same books. I was lucky: a librarian found me and got me reading again after college. I haven’t stopped reading yet. And whenever I’m stumped about what to read next she can take a peek at my Goodreads To Be Read (TBR) list and pick out a half dozen good books. Actually, she can do it off the top of her head.
For those of you who aren’t besties with your local librarian, Annie Spence is trying to fill that void with “Dear Fahrenheit 451.” In this book Spence writes love letters to books she is seeing on her stacks. Some are love letters. Some are break up letters. All are recommendations to readers. She covers everything from children’s lit to female sexuality books.
This is a cute, quick read that will fill up your TBR pile faster than a visit to a bookstore. The one thing I wish the book had was an index that listed all the recommended books and cross-referenced it to the chapter in which it was discussed. I would’ve loved taking such a list, photocopying it, and crossing out all the books I’ve already read. I would have thought a librarian would have loved an index like that as well. One thing book lovers like to do is check off books from a list. I tried to make my own list but I only covered some of the fiction books. (See bit.ly/DearFahrenheit451.) Thanks to Spence I added 148 books to my TBR pile. And you can tell that some books were discussed in length while others were quick one sentence recommendations.
I may never read most of the books recommended by Spence but I know my librarian friend and I will have great discussions about them in the future. I love those discussions. I’m looking forward to them almost as much as I’m looking forward to reading and discovering new books. So if you don’t know what to read next check out this book and ask your librarian what she thinks of it. You may find some great reads and if you’re truly lucky you’ll find a great friend, too.