"This is a book that explores in memoir and story what it means to be a book girl, for story to suffuse and shape a woman's experience, for books to walk with her as she navigates the varied seasons of her life." Sarah Clarkson, Book Girl
I have been looking forward to this book since Sarah first mentioned she was "thinking about" writing such a book. Book Girl is both a celebration of women who find joy in reading and chapter-upon-chapter of book recommendations.
If you were the girl who slipped under the covers with a flashlight at night to read one more chapter of an Anne book... or the woman who happily stayed home from a party with a cup of tea, a throw around your shoulders, and perhaps a candle burning on the coffee table so you can read the next chapter in a mystery... you are a book girl and this is your book.
Book Girl opens with Sarah's chapters about growing up loving books and what it means to find joy in the reading. She offers advice in getting the most out of your reading, as if she were your dear friend chatting over a morning cup of coffee. Even in the book recommendation chapters, the titles she recommends have that feeling of an old friend being introduced to another.
It is those chapters which will keep it on the shelf where books reside that are referred to often. For the chapters are not just in the form of lists but there is information about the books.
The "Book List" chapters include:
- Books Can Broaden Your World
- Books Can Shape Your Story
- Books Can Stir You to Action
- Books Can Cultivate the Imagination
- Books Can Foster Community
- Books Can Open Your Eyes to Wonder
- Books Can Deepen Your Soul
- Books Can Impart Hope
The good thing about recommending this book by a friend is that I know whatever Sarah recommends will be safe. Perhaps not safe in the same way that Aslan is good but not safe... for books have a way of rocking one's world. However, I would not fear buying an age appropriate book Sarah recommends for my granddaughters.
Tyndale sent along an extra copy of Book Girl with my review copy just so I can share one with a blog reader. So all you have to do is to comment on this review post and Friday morning I will draw out of the electronic hat the name of the winner.
If I do not hear from the winner by Monday, another name will be pulled out of the electronic hat.
Book Girl was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.
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