Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Salon - 1001 Books for every Mood

I had a great week. I went to hear Jeffery Deaver, and I'm running a contest on my blog to give away autographed copies of two of his books. I run weekly contests, and start them every Thursday. The summary of the Deaver event is posted on my blog as well.

However, last Sunday, I complained that I was having problems finding something to read after finishing Rubicon by Lawrence Alexander. I couldn't get into Kenneth C. Davis' America's Hidden History. And, Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts just didn't do it for me. I did read Sara Paretsky's Writing in an Age of Silence, but it was just a one night read.

I finally found the perfect book for those times when I don't know what I feel like reading. It's Hallie Ephron's 1001 Books for every Mood: A Bibliophile's Guide to Unwinding, Misbehaving, Forgiving, Celebrating, Commiserating. In between reviewing a couple children's books, I kept returning to this wonderful one. What could be better for someone who loves books than a selection of 1001 titles?

I'm only a third of a way through this, but Ephron's selections are categorized well. Chapters include: for a Good Laugh, for a Good Cry, for Romance, to Take a Trip. I could go on and on. Each chapter has between eight and twenty titles that fit the mood, and they include nonfiction, fiction, and, even what we normally think of as juvenile books, labeled "Family Friendly," books we can share with youngsters. Award-winning books are marked, as well as books that have been made into movies.

Susan Stamberg's forward is titled, "So Many Books, So Little Time." At least with Eprhon's 1001 Books for every Mood, I might be able to find the right book to fit my mood, and won't waste time. I've been pushing this book every since I bought it last Monday. I know it sounds like a strange book to enjoy, but as I pour over the titles, I mark the ones I've read, and I plan to go back and pick up titles that are mentioned. And, it's so good that I'm using it when I teach classes this fall. Even with a closetful of ARCs and library books, it's nice to have someone offer me 1001 books.

1001 Books for every Mood by Hallie Ephron. Adams Media Corporation, ©2007. ISBN 9781598695854 (paperback), 392p.


Joy said...

I like this idea - books for every MOOD instead of topic. Hmmm

Also, I enjoyed what you shared about Deaver. I've only read like two of his books, but I claim he's one of my favorite authors. Odd, huh? Note to self: Read more Deaver! :)

My Journey Through Reading... said...

Another one to add to my wishlist! This sounds right up my alley. I often start something and find that I am not "in the mood" for it. Thanks for the info!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Joy. That is interesting that Deaver is one of your favorite authors, and you've only read two. You have a treat ahead of you!

Just think 1001 books for your moods! And, if you don't find the right one under a category, it just might trigger another title.

Lesa said...

And, I don't know where you are in the world, but 1001 Books for every Mood is an inexpensive book to add to the list. The cover price is $14.95, and, depending where you get it, you can get it for less.

Karen Harrington said...

This sounds like a terrific book. Thanks for posting about it. I can already think of two friends I want to give this too as birthday gifts.



Lesa said...

You're welcome, Karen.

It would be a great gift for readers. It gives them a world of future reading!

Anonymous said...

I must look out for the Ephron book because I'm in a terrible reading trough at the moment. Is she any relative of Norah's?

Jill said...

I'm so glad you said that about Made in the U.S.A. I got about 50 pages into it and just couldn't stick with it. I thought it was just a mood I was in, but I haven't picked it back up.

Lesa said...

According to Wikipedia, Hallie is a sister of Nora, Amy and Delia.

Good luck finding something to read. I've been in that trough.

Lesa said...


I think I got through about 75-100 pages, and I just didn't care about the kids. If I can't like the characters, I can't enjoy the book.

Anonymous said...

Another list! lists.. they're everywhere.. can't escape them.. eek! :-D

Truly, this sound like a fun book to have. I might never part with it!

Lesa said...

I love lists. Everytime I find a good book with lists, I buy it or check it out.

And, at that price, you can afford it for yourself!