Happy Friday, Readers! Today I’m bringing you a mini review of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks and linking up for First Line Friday.
First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!
The First Line
Welcome to Dear Fahrenheit 451. Shall we beg- wait, I know you guys! Do you remember me? I’m your public librarian!
Every letter is not only signed by Annie Spence at the end, her signature is contained in every single line. Her personality shines through constantly, just like in the opening line shown above. She is witty and opinionated, and I would love to work alongside her! I can’t quite love this book, though. I like hearing what other people think about the books I have read and the ones I am thinking about reading, and I had at least heard of almost all of the books she writes about, so I cared about the content quite a bit. And, I enjoyed hearing Spence’s personality. Unfortunately, her language crossed a line that I am not at all comfortable with. I don’t think there is a single letter without at least one line that made me cringe. Book after book, I would be completely on board with whatever she was saying, laughing where it’s expected and nodding along with Spence’s comments, when suddenly she would drop in a word that just totally ruined my connection. I get that this is a personal project, but it is so unprofessional and damages my respect for the book and its author. I listened to the entire audiobook, but my disappointment only grew. The language is totally unnecessary. Without it, this book would be in the running for a five-star rating. As it is, I can’t give it more than three.
Author: Annie Spence
Genre: Nonfiction, Literature, Memoir, Comedy
Original Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Synopsis (from Goodreads): A Gen-X librarian’s snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.
Librarians spend their lives weeding–not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer check out. And they put back the books they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to The Goldfinch and Matilda, as well as her snarky break-ups with Fifty Shades of Grey and Dear John. Her notes to The Virgin Suicides and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics, sure to strike a powerful chord with readers. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s birthday present, stocking stuffer, holiday gift, and all-purpose humor book.
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Until the next chapter,