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A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider
 
It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Abrams ComicArts
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Laura Cordes It is a collection of comics about reading and writing.
Steph It's not inappropriate for a younger reader, but much of the content will go over a child's head. That's not to say that they shouldn't read it, but t…moreIt's not inappropriate for a younger reader, but much of the content will go over a child's head. That's not to say that they shouldn't read it, but their literarly exposure won't be extensive enough for many of the strips to make sense. However, this may spark an interests in the books, authors, & poets that the child isn't familiar with.(less)

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Carmen
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who Love to Celebrate Reading


Comics about books. Loving reading. It's okay.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't really care for books that celebrate reading. I prefer actual reading. Reading actual books. Books that have the "plot" of "Yay, reading" bore me. I already know I love reading. I don't need to talk about it non-stop.

I also disagree with the accepted premise that anyone who is an avid reader and loves reading must also write and desire to write a book. It's simply not true.
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Jenny Lawson
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So funny. So true.
Richard Derus
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Publisher Says: A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider

It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant
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Lori
Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I seem to be an outlier. This book of cartoons seemed like it would be funny but ended up disappointing and boring me. The author is an illustrator for the New York Times and, if he's the one responsible for that tempting title, I congratulate him on that. The tempting title was the best part for me. It didn't tempt me after that; this book should take about a half hour to read and it took me six days.

The illustrations are just okay. And most of all, or should I say least of all, the text is not
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Lisa
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-bookstores
What a great title! I downloaded this from Hoopla and spent a couple mildly pleasurable hours with it. I have the same problem with this book as with other collections of cartoons - overload. There were a couple illustrations that I loved and would have torn out and put on my refrigerator if I had stumbled across them in a newspaper or magazine. But one page after another, the cumulative effect was sameness - and ultimately boredom.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cure for reading slumps.

How can I not possibly like this collection?!

Let's say things are not new here and that everything in this book has been already illustrated or as is written everywhere, try arguing with me on this: readers have some things in common that even you and I cannot deny and it will never get old. I can relate with many of the things mentioned: the discovery phase, the hoarding phase, the never-satisfied phase, the confusion phase or the many 'problems' that we readers face o
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Sam Quixote
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Grant Snider’s I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is another collection of newspaper strips with a bookish flavour, in the vein of Debbie Tung’s Book Love and Tom Gauld’s strips - except it’s not as good as either.

Snider’s art style is a blend of Dr Seuss and Quentin Blake so I can see why it gets published in places like The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review - it’s appealingly mainstream.

The pieces are about books and writing. Snider likes books - and says so multiple times in mul
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rachel ☾
surprisingly pretentious
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reading, gn-humor, books
I thought Grant Snider's book about creativity, The Shape of Ideas, was pretty good, just okay. I do like his simple, cute art style, that I find inviting and warm. I read this book because it was one of the nominated books for the Goodreads 2020 Graphic Novel/Comics category. Each year a booklover's book or two seem to get nominated, and this (again) sweetly and invitingly illustrated book of cartoons and one or two page comics about books, writing, and reading seems designed to appeal to we si ...more
Blob Fest!
1.5 Stars

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf is a standalone Graphic Novel, I read it cause it sounded cool, which I was wrong, cause I didn't like it.

The plot well, I don't really know what the plot was, cause in a way it didn't really have a plot, I'm not sure, cause I didn't really understand, what happened in the book, it was super confusing, and also some of the text bubble things were very tiny so it was kinda hard to read.

The Writing well since it was a Graphic Novel, I don't really know
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Book2Dragon
I loved this book. It is funny, beautiful, creative, and instructive. For readers wh0 are book addicts, who can't finish one book before starting another, who have more than one bookcase (or 3), for those who like cartoons and good illustrations (or comics). Most of this is 98% humor, but there is a bit more underneath speaking to writers and aspiring writers.
The latter is the only pause I have in my praise. I mean those pages are equally good and creative and funny; however, does every book add
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Jessica Haider
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sorry, Not Sorry. I drowned myself in books today to drown out the rowdy "temporarily schooling from home" kids. And this seemed like a perfect title for a book-filled day. So, while my 2 bundles of joy were attacking each other with water balloons in the name of completing a task on their Phys Ed Bingo board, I read this glorious little book full of short comics about the joy of reading and writing.

I've seen (and probably even shared) a few of these comics before. As a book lover I find a lot
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Skip
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
For years, I have clipped some of the cartoons published by Grant Snider on the back page of The New York Times Book Review, as they are amusing. I have even framed some and given them as holiday gifts. I have a recent one (Reading Goals) taped to the wall, next to my computer. They are about reading and/or writing and will be appreciated by anyone on Goodreads. Light stuff, but appropriate for readers/writers of all ages.
Chasity
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
If I were a writer, I would have enjoyed this more. But, since I am a book lover, I could relate to and liked those parts.
Cameron Chaney
Don't listen to the mixed, embittered reviews... This book is a joy! I highly recommend this adorable, quick read to bibliophiles everywhere. This was a real pick-me-up and gave me something to relate to. ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars
A short enjoyable book for all book lovers that wonderfully illustrates the joy of reading and writing.
Bill Lynas
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Writer & artist Grant Snider is a very funny man. Here he explores many book related things in a wryly observant & witty style.
Theses one or two page comics may be short, but they are very amusing. I especially liked the Fahrenheit 351 cartoon, which is a gem. Some of the pages focus on the difficulties of being a writer & offer amusing tips on how to beat writer's block & find inspiration.
This is a nice light read that may not always make you laugh out loud, but it will bring a smile to your f
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mary
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
another book i will not use as a hat!
Mary Lee
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A MUST for everyone who is a reader and/or writer!
Rod Brown
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I regret reading this collection of cartoons in two sessions as I probably would have enjoyed it more at, say, a page or two a day. As it stands, with cleverness tending to the lukewarm and humor heavily reliant on puns, I wearied of reading it by the end. But it is all about books, reading, and writing so we'll give it a mercy star.

For fans of Book Love and Reading Quirks: Weird Things that Bookish Nerds Do!.
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Donald Powell
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
A cute and clever comic book style on books, reading and writing them. $1.99 on Kindle and worth every cent for a book lover.
Jessica
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've seen a few of these before, and was excited to get my hands on the whole collection! Snider writes about being a booklover, a writer, and poet, and combines it with his tiny detailed comics in an utterly delightful way. I love how tiny and detailed his work is, and how much he loves language and the mechanics of writing. ...more
Tib
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this was more of a "it's me not you" kind of deal. I didn't find a lot of the humor all that humorous. The art was cute and I did relate to a fair bit of it. I didn't hate it, but I'm not going to rush out and buy it (read it on Hoopla. Thank gods for digital libraries). ...more
Nat ⭐️
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Funny, short read. Most of the comics were perfectly formatted to be repost on social media websites—and I’ve definitely seen a few of them on Facebook and Instagram before. It became pretty repetitive halfway through but the book is so short anyway that it’s hardly an issue.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
A fun and original collection of one- or two-page comics that emphasizes everything a reader and a writer might feel or discover in their lives.

Yours truly,

Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer
Official blog: https://bookidote.com/
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Eva B.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute enough, but it didn't do much for me. Most of them just felt like the memes that my mom finds on Facebook and texts to me. I found a tiny little Holden Caulfield in the Banned Book library comic though and that made me happy. ...more
Etienne
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very bookish this book lovers book will please a lot of us. I sure please me! I had to withdraw a star because it felt repetitive some time, but a fun bookish book. Always a win!
Gizem-in-Wonderland
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This graphic book speaks to my obsessive inner bookworm. It’s so relatable that I felt instant attraction to it, happy to have found a kindred spirit who is as weird about books as I am, living the same dilemmas I live. I loved the reader’s manifesto, the little confession part at the beginning, the beautiful fun drawings and the level of enthusiasm and fanaticism author presents. The author expresses his writer’s block with such an open hearted approach that I’m sure every aspiring novelist wil ...more
Darth
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a little on the fence about this comic. I see that people really love it, but for me it was kinda pandering and pretentious. While I did like/relate to the part about writing/being a writer, the book reading stuff was what you might find coming out of mouths of women who only wear yoga pants and say "Live, Laugh, Love" as if it's the solution to all life's problems. Like, I get it, folks are bibliophiles, but I found a lot of the stuff in this comic to be book snobbish. Sure, maybe people do ...more
Elizabeth A
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, graphix, 2020
Book Blurb: In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics.

This is an ode to readers and all things books. There are some wonderful comics in this collection, though I did like the first half of the book much better than the second. I read it in a two chunks - and would not recommend that. Instead,
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Grant Snider began drawing and writing before he knew what he was doing. Soon it was too late to stop.

He is the author of the picture books WHAT COLOR IS NIGHT? and WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? and the creator of Incidental Comics. His comics were collected and published in the books THE SHAPE OF IDEAS and I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF. Grant's comics about creativity and the human condition have
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