Dear Fahrenheit 451

Dear Fahrenheit 451

Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks : A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

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If you love to read, and presumably you do since you've picked up this book, you know that some books affect you so profoundly they forever change the way you think about the world. Some books, on the other hand, disappoint you so much you want to throw them against the wall. Either way, it's clear that a book can be your new soul mate or the bad relationship you need to end. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler's Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence's take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths. A celebration of reading, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is for anyone who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book...and another, and another, and another!
Published: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250106490
1250106494
Branch Call Number: 028.9 SPE
Characteristics: x, 244 pages ;,19 cm

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Why not love letters and breakup notes to books? They can touch as deeply as another person at times.

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DBRL_ReginaF Jul 01, 2018

I loved this book so much! I treated like a little piece of dark chocolate at the end of the day or after some other grueling read. Treats, treats, treats!


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Jul 21, 2019

Jokes about such and such author/character being the author's "spirit animal". Promising and cute before that, but ugh.

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mini_moon_pie
Jun 17, 2019

Spence randomly drops F-bombs in the most unnecessary places in her book. Every time it was jarring, and I felt embarrassed for her, as if my boss had just heard me swear. I’m not against cursing in books, but because swears are so potent, they have to be wielded wisely, not ubiquitous, or they lose all meaning and the author ends up sounding like an “edgy” teenager. It’s okay, Spence. You’re an adult. You can do swears. You can eat cake for breakfast. You still shouldn’t do either all the time even though your parents aren’t around to punish you.

Although the voice narrator, Stephanie Spicer, has a clear, easy to understand style of reading, that didn’t make up for the snooze-fest near the end. The author shifts gears and decides it’s appropriate to make a list of books in a book. Books with librarians in them, for example. It’s almost like someone narrated a Goodreads list to me, giving a 1-2 sentence synopsis for each novel. I found it impossible to focus, and on my long commute, this section was a threat to my ability to stay awake.

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mkoot
Mar 10, 2019

My husband and I listened to the audiobook version and we loved it! So many wonderful books to remember or to put on the "must read" list. Funny and very informative. It started off a little slow but quickly took off.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

A book for all book lovers. It will remind you of your favorites and will leave with a full reading list.

Loving books should never been seen as a competition; but, if it was, Annie Spence would win gold. This book is made up of two great parts: letters to her favourite (or not so favourite) books, and book lists that include a wide range of topics and familiar titles from part one thrown in the mix, like any awesome librarian would do if they wrote a book about books. It’s a short read (like The Book of Awesome), but deeply engrossing. Each letter feels like a mini book club, with Spence’s heart and humour leading the discussion. As someone who works in a library, this almost seems like the easiest book to write a review on. It has many of my favourite things: books, library stories, humour. But as an avid reader, I feel like I’ve met a new friend, who gives pretty awesome recommendations for what to read next! Give this book a try, even if you aren’t sure about reading a book about books. (Submitted by Mara)

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darladoodles
Jul 13, 2018

Dear Annie,
I just finished reading your book -- and updating my TBR List. Thank you for all the additions. I was running out of books to read -- ha, ha. As a Gen X Librarian myself, I can relate to so many of your letters. If you ever come back to Kansas City, I know that my coworkers and I would love to have you come visit our library.
Keep on reading,
Darla
P.S. I have listened to all the books in the All Creatures Great and Small Series -- even the special ones with dog and cat stories. They are indeed a rare treasure -- each and every one.

SCL_BethZ Jul 06, 2018

Dear "Dear Fahrenheit 451,"

You are witty, and charming, and a joy for this book-lover to read. I've fallen in love with books all over again thanks to your sweet words. I've laughed out loud at your snark - you say the things we've all been thinking. And you've coined my new favorite word: "read rage."

But dammit, now I have a whole new list of books I want to read. And like many librarians, my "to read" list is already an impossibly long task.

Sincerely,
Beth

DBRL_ReginaF Jul 01, 2018

I loved this book so much! I treated like a little piece of dark chocolate at the end of the day or after some other grueling read. Treats, treats, treats!

VaughanPLDonnalee May 14, 2018

This is a great little book for people who love books. A librarian writes a series of letters to various books that have had some sort of impact in her life. Some of the letters are love letters, others are more break-up letters. The tone is mostly funny and irreverent, with the occasional wistful letter. There's lots of librarian humour. Readers will inevitably start reminiscing about some of the significant books in their own lives. There are also some handy lists of interesting books at the end. Highly recommended for people who love books.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 02, 2018

Dear Annie,
Loved your book! It's the best book about libraries since Don Borchert's Free for all: oddballs, geeks and gangstas in the public library.

I too have commented the worst infraction from time to time; namely recommending books from my must read shelves instead of listening to the Customer. Sometimes we simply cannot keep great books to ourselves! I really enjoyed your epilogue where your remind us once again, how important Libraries are to our communities and Country.

Keep on writing and I'll keep on reading,
Love, Gina d
PS I totally agree about N. Sparks :)

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 02, 2018

pg 56 You can't work wonders with everyone because, like all things with magic inside them, you have to wait for the right hands to touch you at just the right moment.

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