Synopses & Reviews
Do not set out to live a well-read life but rather your well-read life. No one can be well-read using someone else's reading list. Unless a book is good for you, you won't connect with it and gain from it. Just as no one can tell you how to lead your life, no one can tell you what to read for your life.
How do readers find more time to read? In The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, Steve Leveen offers both inspiration and practical advice for bibliophiles on how to get more books in their life and more life from their books.
His recommendations are disarmingly refreshing, as when he advises when not to read a book and why not to feel guilty if you missed reading all those classics in school. He helps readers reorganize their bookshelves into a Library of Candidates that they actively build and a Living Library of books read with enthusiasm, and he emphasizes the value of creating a Bookography, or annotated list of your reading life. Separate chapters are devoted to the power of audio books and the merits of reading groups.
The author himself admits he came "late to the bookshelf," making this charming little guide all the more convincing.
"Some people need self-help books on relationships, others need them for work. Leveen's self-help book is for the person who needs help in becoming a reader, whose spirit is willing but whose flesh is weak. In a gentle, coaxing style, Leveen offers standard self-help advice: he counsels moderation. You don't need to be a marathon reader to be well-read no one can read everything; and you're okay even if a so-called classic doesn't appeal to you. Call books beckoning to you 'candidates for your attention,' rather than the more obligatory-sounding 'reading list.' Leveen is against ad hoc reading decisions and in favor of lists which will seem too bad to readers who know the joys of serendipity. He is an advocate of audiobooks, especially unabridged editions, and devotes an entire chapter to 'Reading with Your Ears.' In the end, there's probably nothing like reading a great book to make someone love reading but perhaps Leveen's gentle encouragement can help. (May 2)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A pleasant and mindful celebration of the art of reading that many will appreciate...recommended for all public libraries." Library Journal
"Leveen is a marketer of his own newfound enthusiasm for serious reading as a kind of proxy for other learners. Not surprising, perhaps, since he's CEO of Levenger, practiced in marketing lamps, shelves, and other products for readers. He makes responsible nods to more than one approach. But Leveen is like the ideal salesman who believes in his product. He invites that better reader who, in Adler's words, 'demands more of himself and of the text before him.'" Roderick Nordell, the Christian Science Monitor
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For those coming "late to the bookshelf" comes practical advice on how to get"more books in your life and more life from your books."
About the Author
Steve Leveen is the CEO and co-founder of Levenger, which began as a catalog offering "tools for serious readers." But he readily admits that he himself was late to the bookshelf. It has only been in the past few years that he's considered himself a serious reader. In his Little Guide
, he combines the best practices of accomplished readers over the centuries with successful methods of readers today to show you how to live your well-read life.
Steve is a graduate of the University of California in San Diego, his hometown. He earned both master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Cornell University. He and his wife, Lori, live with their two sons, their German shorthair pointer, and an ever-expanding Living Library in Delray Beach, Florida.