The problem with all books about reading is that they tend to get somewhat self-regarding, too self-conscious. As for this one, I stopped reading this about halfway through about a year ago. Sometimes Manguel's Joy of Reading passages got too purple for me, despite the interesting facts here and there. There's interesting stuff beneath the goosh, however, and when the book reemerged from my bedside pile, I found the second half quite enjoyable. Still, too much frosting, not enough cake.