*Disclaimer: I received a free, digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for books about books. Any volume that will serve to point me in the direction of more good reads is one I am apt to devour quickly, enthusiastically, even a bit obsessively. Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, by Sally Allen, is such a book.
Covering a diverse array of literary genres – from children’s books to Russian literature to travel memoirs to contemporary fiction and more – Allen gives readers a rare gift: a glimpse into the plots, characters, literary devices, and language of hundreds of books. Her to-the-point descriptions of books act as enticing nuggets of literary gold, promising the reader a treasure trove of riches in each of the stories she discusses.
One thing I enjoyed most about this book was how Allen begins each chapter with a personal narrative about her own experiences with reading – particularly, with how books have shaped her both as an individual and as a reader. Reading these introductory paragraphs made me feel like I was sitting down with a dear friend for coffee to chat about books, love, family, and the power of the written word to change, empower, and inspire each and all of us.
If you are a bibliophile in search of your next great read, I highly recommend Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers. Not only is the book itself a wonderful read, but you are sure to find within its pages countless suggestions for other books to read, other worlds in which to immerse yourself and escape from reality.
For me, the greatest take-away from Unlocking Worlds was, perhaps, also the thing that has the most potential to put a serious hurt on my bank account: the astounding number of books to add to my To Be Read list. Thank goodness for the fiscally-responsible saving grace of libraries!
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