Today, I am back with a review of a lovely new non-fiction book all about the love of books! It’s the wonderful Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink.

If there’s one thing that I love is a book all about… well, books. And this is what this delightful new book is all about from Cathy Rentzenbrink. But first, what is it all about? Here is the synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.

Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another.

I was so excited to have a proof copy of this because it sounds like my sort of book. I am a huge lover of books, I always have been from an early age. Nothing used to thrill me more than going to Waterstones and spending hours and hours just staring at books or spending a rainy weekend afternoon in the library trying to decide what books to take home. I have studied English in school, college and for two degrees at University. I just love reading. Hence this blog! And this love of books is what this book is all about.

This is a beautifully written book that just makes you want to curl up and in read it in one sitting. She writes about how books have shaped her throughout her life – through tragedy, as a bookseller and then as a writer, reading has always been there, a thread that runs throughout. I love how there are chapters about her and her love of books and then she gives brilliant book recommendations to a particular theme: mothers, pubs, books on writing, etc. She is just a writer that makes it feel effortless and like I said, you don’t want to put it down.

I think this is a perfect gift for any bibliophile in your life to share a love of books. And this cover is just gorgeous, too! If you’re looking for a book to get lost into on a cold weekend, look no further. Dear Reader is a quiet, humane, soul-searching book on the power of words, reading and will make you all nostalgic as you look back on the books that shaped your life. I can’t think of a book better to be on your bookshelves than this one.

A big thank you to Camilla at Picador for my copy – I loved it! Dear Reader is out next Thursday in hardback, e-book and audio.


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