Mini Book Review + First Line Friday {9.20.2019}

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.

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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!

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The First Line

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Dear Fahrenheit 451. Shall we beg- wait, I know you guys! Do you remember me? I’m your public librarian!

My Thoughts

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.


The Details

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence coverTitle: Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

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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What are you reading this week? Care to share the first line? Drop it in the comments if you like, then head over to Hoarding Books to read more first lines!

Until the next chapter,


17 thoughts on “Mini Book Review + First Line Friday {9.20.2019}

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    1. Me too, but that’s just how it goes. And, I still appreciated Spence’s comments on the books, so I did get something positive from reading it, just not enough to make me really enjoy the book as a whole.

      Happy reading!

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  1. My first lines are from Undercover Twin by Heather Woodhaven

    Audrey Clark adjusted her crossbody bag as she stepped out, under the cover of stars. The atmosphere matched her mood, dark and uncomfortable

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      1. I feel like this is especially common for comedic/snarky books unfortunately. Like I was reading Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which isn’t so bad, but still has some language, which isn’t necessary and doesn’t add anything. So it just feels irrelevant.

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from A Christmas Haven by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. It’s a great Christmas novella that I am thoroughly enjoying. I’m currently on chapter 17, so I will share the first line from there.

    “The sun hung low on the horizon as Arlen released twenty-four cows from the milking parlor into the pasture.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

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  3. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared from Something Needs to Change by David Platt. Right now I’m about to start The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey so I’ll share the first line from that here: “Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line(s) is from “I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore!” by Dianne Barker:

    “Weddings make me laugh. It’s that pledge to the spouse, “All my worldly good I thee endow.” If my husband had only known!”

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  5. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I had been curious, now I have more to consider in deciding if I’ll pick it up.

    I’m sharing from Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy on my blog today, so I’ll share the second line:

    “She smiled inside, but kept the emotion tucked away.”

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!

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