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The little guide to your well-read life : how to get more books in your life and
Leveen, Steve
Adult Nonfiction Z1003 .L544 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Leveen, CEO and cofounder of Levenger, which began as a catalog for serious readers, has written a short and engaging guide for the born-again reader, i.e., those of us who have taken a break from the written word and gone back to it at whatever age. In his quest to capture what makes reading so vital at any stage in life, Leveen describes his own method of reading and collecting, which involves creating lists of book candidates, keeping a journal of books read, and maintaining a private library. Leveen believes in devising a system of note taking and claims that it is a mistake to think you have to finish all the books you start, instead arguing for independent choice. He also sees the librarian as a trained reader's advisor, discusses the advantages and joys of audio books for the busy person, and sees book clubs as an important intellectual stimulus. A pleasant and mindful celebration of the art of reading that many will appreciate, this is recommended for all public libraries.-Gene Shaw, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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