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Smart and bracingly funny, novelists Mittelmark (Age of Consent) and Newman (The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Every Done) collaborate a second time on a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre. Using the same tongue-in-cheek approach as they did in How Not to Write a Novel, the authors pepper their book descriptions with intriguing morsels of literary gossip, like V.S. Naipaul's adultery, and historical trivia regarding eunuchs. Their picks are unexpected and diverse, spanning a multitude of genres, from literary fiction and non-fiction to romance, mystery, and sci-fi. The 500-book list is organized by theme (love, politics, and humor to name a few), making this an easy one to dip into. Yet readers may find themselves enjoying this book cover to cover, carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles.
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“Smart and bracingly funny … a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre...carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[Book groups] would be well advised to bypass the best-sellers in front of bookstores and libraries and pick up this clever (and useful) reading guide. This book’s authors have an eye for offbeat and unappreciated classics […and] taste that spans the highbrow-lowbrow cultural divide.” (Chicago Tribune Books)

“Sometimes the biggest problem a book discussion group faces is finding a book that everyone wants to read. Here’s the solution: get a copy of Read this Next...open it to a page at random, and read whatever book is discussed on that page.” (Bob Etier, Technorati.com)

“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.” (Wall Street Journal)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061856037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061856037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just got "Read This Next" a couple of weeks ago and have read four of the books the authors recommend. I had to come and post because every single one has been fantastic. I read a couple of books I have wondered vaguely about for a long time and a couple whose existence was news to me. I loved the first books so much that it gave me courage to go outside my reading habits. I knew the authors would recommend something that was worth my time (meaning I read my first science fiction book since jr. high and loved it). In addition to the great recommendations, the writing is completely charming and hilarious and smart. Anyone who makes me laugh and think and recommends GREAT books wins my support. I am ordering Read This Next this for my friends for the holidays.
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I got this book for Christmas, and started reading it right away. I'm really pleased with it -- I've torn through all the books on my shelf, want to expand my horizons, and not only did I have a GREAT time reading this book (I found it funny and a fast read), it gave me some ideas for things I should read I'd never considered before. My goal for 2012, in fact, is to get at least one quarter of the books mentioned and finish them. I'll let you know how I do.

Everyone who loves to read should have this book--especially if you are, as I am, constantly disappointed by the recommendations of friends and the constant barrage of houses telling me "what's hot" and what I should be reading. This book will help every reader make better choices. I know it helped me!
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I can honestly say that I didn't enjoy this book at all. The concept is great but the writing style does not appeal to me at all. 'Witty, hilarious comments' feel forced and way over done. I think that the book could have been much better if the authors gave up trying to be funny and simply shared their knowledge of the selected books. The only reason I give it two stars and not one is because the authors do have some knowledge of their topic and provide some excellent examples of suggested reading.
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This is not my favorite recommendation book, but good. A better one is "Read This" http://www.amazon.com/Read-This-Handpicked-Favorites-Bookstores/dp/1566893135/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434906558&sr=1-1&keywords=Read+This
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I'm at a point where I really value pointers as to the best ways to spend quality reading/listening/watching time, and this fills that reading need beautifully. First thing I did was glance at a few of the books I'm familiar with, and the comments rang true. Then like someone else said, I went right out and purchased "True Grit" -- not because of the new film's popularity but because the recommendation sounded just right for me. And so it was. One small example, and I expect there will be many more.
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No doubt about it, this book may not have the best list of best books to read, but it definitely has the cleverest presentation. Newman and Mittelmark name their favorite reads and offer a list of questions for discussion.

Here's an example:

What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg is a suggested read in the Work and Money category of books. Here is question one: "Is there anything admirable about Sammy Glick? Do you ever wish you could squash people without remorse? Did you ever just go ahead and squash people without remorse? Do you think it's really necessary to do this in order to advance rapidly in the world?"
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