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More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,657 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The response to Nancy Pearl's surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian and winner of the 2004 Women's National Book Award even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearl's encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether
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Published April 12th 2005 by Sasquatch Books (first published April 11th 2005)
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Jeanette (Now on StoryGraph)
I frequently remind myself of these great words of wisdom when I need to give myself permission to stop reading a book I'm not enjoying:

"The point is, reading should be pure pleasure. You haven't failed the author by not enjoying the book. Instead, the author has, at that moment in your life, failed you. That doesn't meant that in six days, or six months, or six years, or sixty years, you won't go back to the book and find that you love it. All it means is that at that particular moment in your
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: advanced book lovers of all genres
Original series review posted at Layers of Thought.

If you love books and lists, and are an eclectic reader, you will adore this series. Each recommends books which are organized into themes, with great little descriptions; all are softbound, small and easy to read.

Books reviewed:
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason ~ by Nancy Pearl
More Book Lust: Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Book Crush: For Kids and Teens

Thoughts: Nancy Pearl, librari
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nancy Pearl knows books.

In this book you will find lists (!) of books about child prodigies, horror for sissies, civil rights and wrongs, cozies, marriage blues, time travel, parrots (yes, a list of books about parrots), wayward wives, nature much more.

She can recommend a book for almost every mood, moment, and reason, I think.
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-shelves
A very, very fun way to find the next good book. I really enjoyed all the little personal notes she had throughout the book and I think she did a great job telling a little about the books. Nancy also had a nice selection of different genres and "Authors Too Good To Miss". My husband and I laughed over her Dick Lit, aka Lad Lit section. We've never heard of it and are wondering when Dick Flicks, aka Lad Flicks are going to become the rage for men in movies.
I hope one day to add this book and h
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I live in the land of milk and honey: Nancy Pearl comes to town once a year, to share her favorites at our local performing arts center, because, of course, the library is too small.

She is a short, unassuming woman with an air of joy contained about her. She has found her right-livelihood, and revels in it. How she doesn't weigh twice what she does is a mystery to me, because I can't get nearly enough exercise to counteract all the hours I spend sitting reading my paltry little pile. Perhaps it
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Full review to come, but quick notes:

This second volume is not a repeat of the first - it covers new ballparks. Unusual categories I wouldn't have thought of, like The Family of Clergy, are included. Fiction for Foodies isn't a surprise to me since so many cozies are food themed. Even geography plays its part like with Florida Fiction, Japan, Tibet, Egypt, etc. I was especially delighted to see sections like Fractured Fairy Tales, Maiden Voyages and Ms. Mystery. I've never heard of "Dick Lit" bu
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Good and interesting, with lots of suggestions, still (as in book one) a bit out-fashioned and some categories wouldn't have been necessary for me, but okay: no need to argue about tastes... ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
First book of December. I wanted something easy, but also something that would distract me during a much-too-long sit in a hospital waiting room while Matt was in surgery. This was just the book. What booklover wouldn't want to spend a stressful day diving into 300 pages of (themed!) book recs?? ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bibliophiles, everyone at goodreads
Not at all comprehensive and it can be downright frustrating when “perfect” books are left out of the various sections. But it’s a way to find new books, and new authors also, and can bring up good memories of books already read. And these Book Lust books are an enjoyable read - I read them cover to cover. Would recommend making a detailed list of books to read as read about them, which is something I didn’t do. Different catagories lists with different books than the first Book Lust book. Shows ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darn, now I have 33 more books to add to my NEED TO READ book list! You are evil Nancy Pearl.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: got-at-book-sale
I usually like books like this, but I found myself so bored with this one.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-books
The title is a little embarrassing, haha! However, it was effective at capturing my attention at the bookstore. When I picked it up and flipped through the pages I was intrigued by her creative book categories such as; Gallivanting in the Graveyard, Tickle Your Funny Bone, Alphabet Soup, and Dewey Deconstructed.

There were some books in there that I would never read in a million years, but I did add 282 books to my to-read list, so that's good. (or not good ha!) Most of the books when I looked t
Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it
All my latest additions to my "to read" list here are coming out of this book - there's lots of interesting mysteries recommended. It's sometimes a bit hit & miss - I certainly wouldn't read everything that the author recommends, but it's great to read through and note down books that sounds interesting. Plus, I love the way it's organised - alphabetical lists like, "Literary Lives", "I am Woman, Hear Me Roar" and "Guilt-Inducing Books". It's also wonderfully eclectic, which ensures that there s ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how she does it, but Nancy Pearl's lists of books make me want to live next door to her and invite her for tea and a chat about the latest read. She also inspires me to somehow text her and say, "Oh hang on, what about this one?"

I like the way she categorizes things without being dry. She tells little stories or adds little bits of information... just enough to inspire me to put stuff on hold at the library and then exclaim, "Wait a minute, how did I get 20 books on my hold list alr
Diane Nagatomo
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book--and probably the credit card company has enjoyed it, too! Compelled to read all the books Nancy Pearl recommends! (Also ordered her other lusty books!)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Flipped through this one after checking out the first Book Lust... and found it to be much of the same. Which means I had the same problems with this book that I did with the previous one - not enough categories of interest to me in the first place, and nothing new or interesting in the categories I DID have an interest in.

I did give this one an extra star, though, because I did add ONE book from it to my "To Read" list.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I liked the first book more, but this had some good books within its pages. I'm really excited about reading some of these. ...more
Dayna Smith
Arrgh! These books are killing my TBR list! More please!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
continuous reference.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really like this kind of books😎
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is the perfect extended money sink.
All kinds of reading material can be found here.
Scott Andrews
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yeah. It was good. I have small arguments with the lists, but this is a book worth the money and time, for certain.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, it's a book about other books. So first off, it will add more books to my tbr pile. So, dangerous. I liked it a fair deal and introduced me to new authors. Also, I am happy to find examples of books I already read. Or you know what I mean. Or ones I already wanted to read. sometimes, her options are a little predictable and there are certain books I would include, but that happens. Also, there are books I will never read. But, that's okay too, I guess. Not sure I need any more suggestions ...more
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Nancy Pearl is a librarian in Seattle who has read an incredible number of books - in every genre imaginable. Her first collection of books to read, Book Lust, came out in 2003 - and I turn to the well-worn copy on my shelf every couple months for a new suggestion. I borrowed her companion, More Book Lust from the library this weekend - and quickly read through it flagging almost every other page with a book to add to my "to-read" list. Pearl puts her suggestions into categories - some are strai ...more
Amber Ditullio
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bibliophiles
The second book of the Book Lust series is just as good as the first book is. Being a life-long reader, I can understand why she needed to start a second book. It's so easy to forget favorites and think of more books that you want to share! And, again, there was a great number of books that have gone onto my list. Some of the books that were mentioned in Book Lust are mentioned again here, but only if the title and author were the only things mentioned previously. In this book, Ms Pearl gives mo ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was just so much fun! I added quite a few more books to my "to-read" list and was able to find most of the books available (though a few out-of-print books were quite expensive, even used copies). What's nice about this book is the wide range of topics - how about some space opera (a la soap opera)? Or science for non-science majors? There are lists of books by several different spotlighted authors under the simple title of "Too good to miss." There is a nice mix of fiction, nonfiction ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, nonfiction
This is the first of Nancy Pearl's books that I have looked through. Can't truly say that I read it, but I was fascinated by her numerous choices and her labels or divisions for books. I agree with many of her selections under the heading: Too Good To Miss. Here is a quote from her book that I enjoyed:"I have always been reconciled to the fact that I was born a bibliomaniac, never have I sought a cure, and my dearest friends have been drawn from those likewise suffering from book madness." This ...more
Michael Smith
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Avid readers tend always to be interested in anyone else’s more or less qualified opinions about books -- what to read, what other writers a fan of a particular author might enjoy, and newly discovered novelists of promise. Pearl is an ex-librarian in Seattle and a regular on NPR, and her tastes are so eclectic in both fiction and nonfiction, I can’t imagine not finding suggestions here to suit almost any reader. The index is thorough, so you can search for authors and titles you already like, b ...more
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