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Judging a Book By Its Lover [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Leto
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Leto is as funny as she is well-read; a delight for bibliophiles and wannabes alike.”
—Wylie Overstreet, author of The History of the World According to Facebook

Lauren Leto, humor blogger and co-author of Texts from Last Night, now offers a fascinating field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Judging a Book by Its Lover is like a literary Sh*t My Dad Says—an unrelentingly witty and delightfully irreverent guide to the intricate world of passionate literary debate, at once skewering and celebrating great writers, from Dostoevsky to Ayn Rand to Jonathan Franzen, and all the people who read them. This provocative, smart, and addictively funny tome arose out of Leto’s popular “book porn” blog posts, and it will delight and outrage literature fans, readers of  Stuff White People Like and I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar—people obsessed with literary culture and people fed up with literary culture—in equal measure.

Editorial Reviews


“If CliffsNotes had an opinion and a couple of drinks under their belts, they’d sound like Lauren Leto.” (

“It’s On the Origin of Species for the library set.” (James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces)

“In terms of allowing me to sound smart at cocktail parties, this book surpassed my English degree by page twelve.” (Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like)

“Leto is as funny as she is well-read; a delight for bibliophiles and wannabes alike.” (Wylie Overstreet, author of The History of the World According to Facebook)

From the Back Cover

Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take on Infinite Jest? Dying to shut up the blowhard in front of you who’s pontificating on Cormac McCarthy’s “recurring road narratives”? Having difficulty keeping Francine Prose and Annie Proulx straight?

For all those overwhelmed readers who need to get a firm grip on the relentless onslaught of must-read books to stay on top of the inevitable conversations that swirl around them, Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover is manna from literary heaven! A hilarious send-up of—and inspired homage to—the passionate and peculiar world of book culture, this guide to literary debate leaves no reader or author unscathed, at once adoring and skewering everyone from Jonathan Franzen to Ayn Rand to Dostoyevsky and the people who read them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062070142
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HBH2CY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, hilarious, a must for any reader October 22, 2012
I know lots of people who enjoy reading Texts from Last Night, but who view it as a hive of scum and villainy. Co-founder Lauren Leto proves that she might get her Faulkner on, but she's still a witty, well-read woman and any bookworm will recognize her insight into our lives as the truth.

I'm tempted just to quote the entire book in order to convince you to read it. Here's a bit from the first chapter, Commercial Confessions, in which Leto admits her love of Janet Evanovich:

I make this distinction because most of this book is about avoiding bad books, and I don't want a reader to think I'm being an elitist snob. Considering yourself a serious reader doesn't mean you can't read light books. Loving to read means you sometimes like to turn your head off. Reading is not about being able to recite passages of Camus from memory. Loving young adult novels well past adolescence isn't a sign of stunted maturity or intelligence. The most important thing about reading is not the level of sophistication of the books on your shelf. There is no prerequisite reading regimen for being a bookworm.

JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS LOVER will teach you how to make a bookstore hook-up, how to pretend to have read an author, and how to properly participate in a book club. It will even teach you how to stereotype people by their favorite author, but it won't teach you to look down on them. Leto's definitely critical of certain books, authors, and techniques, but she's writing with a true passion for reading.

I laughed through the entirety of JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS LOVER. But as much as I enjoyed it, I am not passing this one on. Leto's book is staying on my shelf and my friends can get their own copies. I hate for this one to never be returned.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judging a Book by Its Lover October 19, 2012
Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto is the absolute perfect book for a book lover to read, laugh with, and give to other book lovers. Leto writes like she is your best friend, and this book is just something you two are privately discussing, over wine, to mock other people with. Book snobs will likely frown at it, but true book lovers will laugh along with it, even if your favorite book or author is slammed.

Judging a Book by Its Lover is a fun, witty read about books, authors, and the people who put them on their bookshelf. As someone who has four bookshelves (with highly contrasting books on each one), reads for hours every day, and finished the Twilight series in a weekend, I'd consider myself a lover of books. Even though I didn't read every book that is mentioned in this book, I found many of the ones I have read in it, or know of the author, and found Leto's witty take on it hilarious.

I love this book and author's writing for many reasons. Here are a few of the top ones for me. She love Harry Potter and thinks J.K. Rowling fans are "smart geeks." She hates the term "bookworm" and thinks it should be changed to "bookcats." She also loves real books over e-books, and continues to give books as gifts, even though she knows not everyone will read them. She is witty and can sum up a book or author quickly, so it is easy for us to now fake having read some "classics" we never really wanted to read anyways.

I highly recommend this book for all book lovers. If you are a book lover, get it. If you know a book lover, buy it for them. Trust me, they'll thank you for it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Judging a Book by Its Lover, Harper Perennial, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snark on the Classics and the Latest Literary Fiction October 5, 2012
As you might guess, I am a bit of a reader. As such, one of the things I enjoy doing when not reading is discussing literature. In Leto's book, I can sort of read and discuss reading all at once, albeit in a format where the discussion is rather one-sided with me unable to respond to Leto's opinions. Leto's work is for book lovers, or, perhaps even more, for those of us who want to pretend we've read all the most pretentious works but haven't.

Judging a Book by Its Lover, like most books containing short snippets of story or essay, is a bit of mish mash. Some of the sections entertained me and resulted in my wanting to be best buds with Lauren Leto. Other sections made me roll my eyes at Lauren Leto's handing down of her mighty opinion to the masses, much of which I didn't agree with. Leto's observations will primarily be entertaining to those who a) get the references and b) share her opinions. When she snarks at something I hated, I laugh along merrily. However, when the snark turns on beloved books, I could not help but be annoyed, especially since much of the snark came with no context or backing whatsoever.

One of Leto's bits of snark that bothered me in its inaccuracy comes from the lengthy section "Stereotyping People by Favorite Author," in which she asserts that those whose favorite author is Jane Austen - since they are totally the same in their writing style, these four people - are "girls who made out with other girls in college when they were going through a 'phase.'" Really, Lauren Leto? I would have gone more for the "girls who are always disappointed that real men don't measure up to fictional ones and remain single forever." Also mean, but more applicable to the fan base, which includes myself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for book lovers
A fun read and oh so true. I saw many of my friend and family in the descriptions and also some of myself. I am sending copies as gifts to my reading friends.
Published 3 months ago by Trivia Queen
3.0 out of 5 stars Leto is a good writer and it's easy reading
Leto is a good writer and it's easy reading, but I don't know if she's name dropping to show off or if that's just her style of skewering her subjects. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zeke
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I started reading this and gave up around page 30, but then had to go back and finish it. Is it funny? Eh. Is it opinionated? Very. Elitist? Pretends not to be, but really is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Naz Keynejad
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I wanted to like this book so much. Loved the title! Not very clever or humorous and may even do a disservice to certain writers/books reviewed therein. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Antonia S. Gammage
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, easy, fun read
I love books about books so had to at least check out this one. It's short and easy to read but I wasn't blown away by it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Book Nympho
5.0 out of 5 stars Judging a Book By Its Lover
I found this book to be educational without boring. I also found it insightful and would recommend it to anyone.
Published 21 months ago by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end
If you love the books like I do, give this a try! I loved it. I wouldn't say it's the deepest book--it's not academic but it doesn't need to be.
Published 21 months ago by Christina in Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I love books about books. I really do. I know its a book on her opinions and I won't lie, sometimes I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by Alala
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A piece of nonfiction work that is interesting for both a non reader and a super reader. Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by Kristin Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that memorable
I picked up this book because the premise of it and the book cover got my attention. Also, I am always in the mood for a good laugh or two. Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by Cheryl Koch
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