Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A Gen-X librarian’s snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.
Librarians spend their lives weeding–not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer check out. And they put back the books they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to The Goldfinch and Matilda, as well as her snarky break-ups with Fifty Shades of Grey and Dear John. Her notes to The Virgin Suicides and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics, sure to strike a powerful chord with readers. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s birthday present, stocking stuffer, holiday gift, and all-purpose humor book.
Annie Spence is my spirit animal. I am so incredibly obsessed with this book, I’ve already read it twice: once “in the flesh” and once on audio. While reading my physical copy, I kept telling the hubs, “This. Is. HILARIOUS! I need to read it to you. Just a few sentences. You’ll laugh, I promise.” I got so carried away reading him
just a few sentences several pages at a time, he would leave the room and I wouldn’t even notice. I just kept on reading and laughing my ass off.
If you’re a booknerd, you seriously need to read this book. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Spence’s “review” of each specific title, you can appreciate what she has to say. Because I’m pretty sure you’ve said it about one book or another at some point in your reading history. Some of her comments are snarky and sassy and funny as hell, while other comments express a never-ending love for those titles that took up permanent residence in her heart. Have I mentioned, yet, that you need to read it? Have your page tabs handy, because you’ll need those, too.
I had thought about sharing some of my favorite lines from the book, but decided against it. First, I wouldn’t be able to reign it in and stop after just a couple. Second, I don’t want to ruin your experience. I want you to pick up a copy of the book, or tap the play button on your Overdrive app, and discover Spence’s words for yourself. (How many times have you said you wish you could read a book for the first time all over again? That’s the experience I don’t want to take away from you. Because let’s be honest: I’d quote the whole dang book right here and not even realize what I was doing until it was too late. #noselfcontrol) ~Amber