Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers

Book Description:

Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.

In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately - and compassionately - can unlock the world beyond our back yard. 

Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection. Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.

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My Book Review:

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a wonderful resource for book lovers! There are 15 annotated reading lists throughout the book. The reading lists are thematic, in chapters:

Beloved Vintage and Classic Children's Books
Novels That Play With Time and Space
Traveler's Tales
Novels in Letters and Multiple Perspectives
Novels About Connection, Community, and Family
Novels About the American Experience
Novels About What Happens When Things Fall Apart
Books Set in Times of War - on the Battlefield and at Home
Novels That Explore Russian Life Before and After the Soviet Revolution
Books That Explore University Life
Novels That Thrill, Chill, and Keep You Guessing
Classic and Contemporary British Novels
Novels and Memoirs About the Reading Life
Books for Book Lovers
Reads for the Fall and Winter Holidays 

I have a deep, abiding love of vintage children's books, so I especially enjoyed that section of the book. I was delighted that one of my favorite series, All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, was included as one of the selections.

I especially loved what the author said about revisiting childhood books: "Returning to these childhood worlds as adults can remind us of the lessons we learned and parts of ourselves we may have long forgotten." Yes! As a great fan of rereading classic children's books, I was especially delighted to read this chapter, in praise of children's literature for adults.

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is beautifully written by an author who clearly really loves books. This is a celebration of the joys of reading. It is sure to delight readers, and I think it would also be a fine, helpful reference for any book discussion group leader.

Author's Bio:

Award winning writer and teacher Sally Allen holds a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature. She teaches writing, literature, and communications, leads book group discussions, and is the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.

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Prizes:5 winners will each get a copy of Unlocking Worlds & a copy of Book Life: A Book Lover's Journal

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I received a copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 


Sally Allen said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I love that you found one of your favorites on my list. :)

Birdhouse Books said...

Sally, thanks for visiting! I really enjoyed reading your book, and have recommended it to several friends.