Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Smart

Book Smart: Your Essential Reading List for Becoming a Literary Genius in 365 Days
by Jane Mallison
294 pages

Imagine if your English professor gave you a list of books to read, except instead of for the semester it's for the whole year: that's pretty much what this book is.  Luckily, you don't have to write a report or anything.  Many of the books are classics, but there are also more contemporary books and some books I hadn't heard of.

Each month has a theme, with books to read that match.  For example, April is female protagonists (think Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina), while October is themed around children growing up (think Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird).

This book definitely gave me some books to add to my "to-read" list.  The only criticism I have is that in some of the synopses of the books, she pretty much gave away the ending. Still a good book to check out if you need an idea about what to read next though.

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