Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

by Nancy Pearl | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1570613818 Global Overview for this book
Registered by debnance of Alvin, Texas USA on 10/5/2003
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74 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Sunday, October 05, 2003
A book friend told me about Book Lust and that was it....I had to go out and buy it. Just what I need, right? More Book Lust.

And then, of course, I had to share my Book Lust with I sent it off to four book lovers at On the Porch Swing Bookbox.

I hope they enjoy Book Lust as much as I do. :->

Released on Friday, October 03, 2003 at Postal System: Bookring/Bookray in Alvin, Texas USA.

Mailed this off as a traveling book! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by butterfly41737 from Newton, Mississippi USA on Tuesday, October 07, 2003
I got the book through the mail and I plan to send to Linda in VA.

Journal Entry 4 by laceysue on Friday, October 17, 2003
This came as a traveling book - I plan to send it onto the next person

Journal Entry 5 by AkitaLover from Meriden, Connecticut USA on Friday, November 07, 2003
I got this book as a traveling book, and will release it to another list member.

This is a fascinating book, and my list of books I want to read has gotten a lot longer, thanks to the great suggestions of the author.

Journal Entry 6 by luvsbooks from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, December 01, 2003
I just loved going through this little book on books. Sometimes I love reading about books more than the books themselves! LOL

I'm returning this and the little notebook to Debbie.

Journal Entry 7 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Friday, December 05, 2003
From Publishers Weekly:

"So many books, so little time-so which of the countless titles should a hungry reader pick out and devour? Pearl, a longtime reader, book reviewer and public librarian, presents a hundred or so of her favorites in this novel guide to finding the right book for the right mood. Presented in eclectic categories of people, places and themes (e.g. "Prose by Poets," "Dinosaur Hunting," "In Big Sky Country" and "Academia: The Joke"), each of her suggestions is accompanied by a few of her thoughts on it, a succinct plot summary and often information about the volume's prizes and print status. Her notes are sprightly and concise: in the section on "Families in Trouble," Pearl mentions Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides ("I always thought that it...defined the dysfunctional novel") and Sylvia Foley's Life in Ocean Air ("surely one of the most depressing books I have ever read in a lifetime of reading grim and depressing books"). There's more than just novels, of course: she recommends, for instance, good "Techno-thrillers" ("nonfiction about science and technology") such as The Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable and One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw. Interestingly, Pearl urges readers to abandon books they dislike after 50 pages, though she does point out that frame of mind often determines one's opinion of a book. "When I begin reading a new book, I am embarking on a new, uncharted journey," Pearl declares in her brief introduction; with this guidebook in hand, readers can benefit from her experience as they travel their own ways."

Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Journal Entry 8 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Friday, December 05, 2003
Book Lust has returned to me!

I loved reading through the ideas for other books to read that were posted in the little journal that accompanied Book Lust. I also sent the list of suggestions to the author, Nancy Pearl.

Now I must share Book Lust with others! I'm going to send it out into the wide world next. I am offering it at BookCrossing, by invitation only to start, as a bookring!


The bookring is starting as an Invitation Only Bookring. If you have received an invitation and you would like to join this bookring, please send a PM (private message) to debnance and I will add you to the list. After the book has started its journey (Jan. 2, 2004), new members may be able to be added to the end of the list on the final loop home. Please be aware that this is an international bookring and it is very helpful if you are willing to ship overseas. If you have a hard time shipping overseas, you can let me know and I will try to place you accordingly on the list. The list of members will be listed below:

debnance...Alvin, Texas
geniedances...Houston, Texas
DreissM...Houston, Texas
kikimasu...Tallahassee, Florida
EC-Books...Crescent City, Florida
debrayn...St. Marys, Georgia
PatteHen...Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
skcreader...Roanoke, Virginia
tamugrad02...Virginia Beach, Virginia
Seferim...Columbia, Maryland
kristamd...Gaithersburg, Maryland
sahmofour...Berlin, Maryland
ladyslott...Oceanside, New York
Hanrahan-Siudy...Schenectady, New York
needeler...Leroy, New York
mojosmom...Chicago, Illinois
mssaver...Chicago, Illinois
cyber-librarian...Antioch, Illinois
DSM...Bad Axe, Michigan
faeriemyst...Marietta, Ohio
Luintaurien...York, Nebraska
nyisutter...St. Charles, Missouri
Betsy-STL...St. Louis, Missouri
mysteryfan03...Moberly, Missouri
glade1...McLeansville, North Carolina
Sidney1220...McLean, Virginia
nokturnalmuse...Atlanta, Georgia
suefitz...Saratoga, California
Secretariat...Carlsbad, California
bobbarama...Carlsbad, California
elizardbreath...Baker City, Oregon
Llednyl...Chesterland, Ohio
indygo88...Lafayette, Indiana
purplemoonmyst...Seco, Kentucky
esperanza03...Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Ceili...Baldwinsville, New York
debnance...Alvin, Texas


debnance...Alvin, Texas
vraciousrdr...Vista, California
Scout-Finch...Sherman Oaks, California
quinnsmom...Simi Valley, California
JDT...Pleasanton, California
AuntK...Albany, California
kbgoffe...Beaverton, Oregon
melissaparcel...Kelso, Washington
alsomama...Seattle, Washington
rhythmbiscuit...Colorado Springs, Colorado
Libby2...Omaha, Nebraska
JennyO...Temple, Texas
debnance...Alvin, Texas, USA
DiamondLight...Dublin, Texas
sistert...Columbia, Maryland
amoebastar...Ferndale, Michigan
RaineeRose...Rochester, New York
ecoboy...Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
eicuthbertson...Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
genevalove...Shanghai, China (FPO...US postal rate)
nikel27...Ginsheim, Germany
butterfly-noir...Lisboa, Portugal
mirp...Dublin, Ireland
psychjo...Portsmouth, England
Mehal...London, England (never journaled)
redhouse...Suffolk, England
lmjsmum...Shropshire, England
Potok-fan...Turku, Finland
ftarazu...Ovar, Portugal
samulli...Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
chich...Perpignan, France
Fabiola79...Heerlen, Netherlands
lillymagoo...Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
veritas9...Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DrCris...Templestowe, Victoria, Australia
jubby... Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
LizzieM...Sydney, Australia
jessibud...Ontario, Canada
ajsmom...Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
debnance...Alvin, Texas, USA

Color code:
Blue=Has read the book and passed it on
Red=In transit to/has not journaled yet
Green=Has book now

As a member, you will receive the book from the person listed before you. When you receive the book, please make a journal entry at BookCrossing stating that you’ve received it. Please read it as soon as you can (don't rush; just be reasonable about the length of time). After you read the book, please journal again at BookCrossing with your comments. Please add any ideas you have for other good reads to the small journal accompanying the book.

When it you've finished reading the book, please PM the next person on the list to request their address. If you haven't had a reply from them after a week and two PM's, please move on to the next person on the list. I plan a final loop back for anyone who misses out due to holidays, etc, but I'd like to keep the book travelling reasonably quickly. Mailing the book by media mail is the least expensive way (or surface mail if it's sent overseas).

If any questions come up, please send a PM to me at debnance or an e-mail to

To speed up movement of this fun book, I've decided to follow ecoboy's example and send a second copy into the world. There are now two copies of this book travelling simultaneously, one among people on the "A" list and one among people on the "B" list. Both copies will have the same BCID number which means that all the journal entries from both lists will appear in the same sequence. Please note somewhere in your journal entry whether this is the "A" book or the "B" book. One book is traveling east from Texas and one is traveling west.

If there is no one on the list after you, please return the book to debnance. I will send the book out again if I get more participants.

***Please bear in mind that there's a L-O-N-G list of eager readers patiently waiting to read the book after you. With that in mind, I would ask that you endeavor to get it back on the road again within a couple of weeks of receiving it. If your turn is rapidly approaching and you find that you're up to your armpits in rings and rays, do drop me a line and we'll work something out.

Many thanks for your co-operation, and may everyone enjoy Book Lust!

Released on Monday, December 08, 2003 at Postal System: Bookring/Bookray in Alvin, Texas USA.

I'm hoping to get a head start on the bookring by sending it off with either Genie or Marie at tomorrow night's MeetUp....

Journal Entry 10 by geniedances from Houston, Texas USA on Wednesday, December 10, 2003
This is the bookring from Deb Nance. I will read, journal and pass it on to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 11 by geniedances from Houston, Texas USA on Monday, December 15, 2003
I enjoyed reading through this one. I got a few ideas for new books to read and had fun categorizing many of the books I've already read. This book and the traveling journal will be mailed tomorrow to the next BCer on the bookring.

Journal Entry 12 by DreissM from Houston, Texas USA on Friday, December 19, 2003
Yippeee!! A book about books and a notebook where I can offer my opinions...what more could a girl ask for!! LOVED the package it arrived in :)

Journal Entry 13 by DreissM from Houston, Texas USA on Friday, December 19, 2003
Okay, I admit it - I have spent the last three hours straight just going through Book Lust and the journal notebook. I have made numerous copies and lots of notes for new book ideas. Thanks again debnance!!

Journal Entry 14 by DreissM at Fellow BookCrosser by mail in Tallahassee, Florida USA on Friday, December 19, 2003
Released on Friday, December 19, 2003 at Fellow BookCrosser by mail in Tallahassee, Florida USA.

Sending to the next person on the list - kikimasu. Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 15 by kikimasu from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Wednesday, December 31, 2003
I'm afraid I did not love this book. It actually upsets me a bit that something like this even gets published. It's just someone's opinions on a few books. I actually like the journal that comes with the book better than the book itself. I'd rather see the opinions of people I can talk to than the opinion of some stranger. Who is she that she has the right to publish a book that is nothing more than a list of books anyway? I've never heard of her. Now if some great author wanted to publish a list of their favorite books, THAT I might like to read, but this I basically just skimmed through. The journal, on the other hand, was all kinds of fun. It took me forever to go through it and think of books I wanted to add....especially in the area where it's divided up by time (1900s, 1910s, etc) I, too, loved the packaging and will be reusing it so the next reader can enjoy it as well.

Thanks for including me!

Journal Entry 16 by EC-Books from Crescent City, Florida USA on Monday, January 12, 2004
Received this today from kiki. I can't wait to dig in. Love the packaging and the notes! Thanks Deb, for starting this ring!


Journal Entry 17 by vraciousrdr from Vista, California USA on Monday, January 26, 2004
The eternal question: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? Oops, wrong question. :) How about this one? - Ever wonder how long it takes for a book sent media mail from Texas to California? 45 days.

Finally! The poor little book has been wandering the mail routes from Texas to California. Is now safely in my hands to be read and released - hoping to get this read and mailed out before the end of the month so that it can continue on it's journey.

Journal Entry 18 by EC-Books at Georgetown Post Office in Georgetown, Florida USA on Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Released on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at Georgetown Post Office in Georgetown, Florida USA.

Put this into the mail to debryan - next in the ring. I really enjoyed this book. Looking at the background of the author as librarian, book reviewer, etc., she has a good jump off list. This book makes me want to start my own book journal. Thanks to Deb for starting the ring. EC

Journal Entry 19 by vraciousrdr from Vista, California USA on Sunday, February 01, 2004
Thank you debnance for starting this ring - this is a great little book! Interesting categorizations - I included a few books in some of the listed categories and would love to do the journal justice by adding more books but since the PO must have strapped this on the back of a turtle and said "Head west young man." I'm going to send this out to Scout-Finch on Monday.

Journal Entry 20 by vraciousrdr at on Sunday, February 01, 2004
Release planned for Monday, February 02, 2004 at bookcrosser in Sherman Oaks, California Controlled Releases.

Sending on to Scout-Finch.

Journal Entry 21 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, February 07, 2004
Great Idea - a book to list favorite books! Received as part of a bookring. Mailing it on to skcreader, a fellow-bookcrosser.


Journal Entry 22 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Monday, February 09, 2004
Loved the packaging! It gave me a laugh that evolved into a body-wracking cough, and as I feel more crusty than lusty right now (baaaaad cold), this will be a little treat on my sickbed. Will try not to breathe on the book. And use much Purell.

Journal Entry 23 by PatteHen from Ponte Vedra, Florida USA on Thursday, February 12, 2004
Just received this in the mail today. Looking forward to reading it and the accompanying journal!

Journal Entry 24 by PatteHen from Ponte Vedra, Florida USA on Thursday, February 19, 2004
Enjoyed reading this very much, although I found it a bit overwhelming. So many books, so little time! The journal is a great idea! Am mailing it out tomorrow to skcreader, as per debrayn's instructions.

Journal Entry 25 by skcreader from Roanoke, Virginia USA on Monday, February 23, 2004
Received today - what a great way to spend a day off tomorrow! The bookcrossing gods are looking after me!

Journal Entry 26 by tamugrad02 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Monday, March 01, 2004
I got "book A" in the mail today!! I started reading it and realized I need to keep a sheet of paper with me at all times to take note of books I want to read. I will journal again when I finish.

Journal Entry 27 by SCOUT-FINCH from Sherman Oaks, California USA on Monday, March 01, 2004
I agreed with her, I vehemently disagreed with her..I couldn't BELIEVE books she left out...I was sitting in a McDonald's lingering over my 3rd Diet Coke refill crazily scribbling down notes in both the Suggestion Journal and my own personal Book Journal..what I want to read, what she left out..
Under Africa: Today and mention of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller?
(Maybe it came out in '03..)
Armchair Travel: NO Bill Bryson?????
China Voices: No The Barbarians are Coming by David Wong Louie?
and under Western Fiction: NO Kent Haruf? No Plainsong??
I fully realize this is one woman's list, but the above were some biggies I would think (based on my perception of her taste) she would like and mention..!
I just loved having the Book Lust Journal to put in my (2)2 cents worth..(I couldn't limit it to 2 cents)
Enjoy!! Off to the next BCer..

Journal Entry 28 by tamugrad02 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Cute book. I have to admit, I skipped the parts that I had no interest in...there are some types of books that I know I will never read. My Wish List is now a whole lot longer. Maybe I'll buy some of these books and register them for the BC challenge I've joined!! Will PM the next person and get this book on the move.

Journal Entry 29 by quinnsmom from Hobe Sound, Florida USA on Thursday, March 04, 2004
thank you SOOOO much!! This looks wonderful! I'll be sure to add my thoughts in the journal & pass it on.

Journal Entry 30 by quinnsmom from Hobe Sound, Florida USA on Monday, March 08, 2004
I am just in awe of all of the books that I haven't yet read that she lists in her book. So a long list later, and several additions to the accompanying journal, I'm ready to pass it on. Thanks so much, Debnance! I really enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 31 by tamugrad02 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Monday, March 08, 2004
Put Book A in the mail to seferim today. Hope she enjoys it as much as I did. Thanks debnance for the bookring.

Journal Entry 32 by Seferim from Columbia, Maryland USA on Thursday, March 11, 2004
Got this today! I am really looking forward to it. I have two others in front of it, but will get to it very soon. Thanks!

Journal Entry 33 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Friday, March 12, 2004
Woo-hoo! Love the title, concept of this book (Book 2) - and especially the accompanying journal. Already thinking of titles to add!
Thanks to all before me - both books!
Moving to the top of my overwhelming TBR stack!

Journal Entry 34 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Sunday, March 14, 2004
Just spent a wonderful couple hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with this book, accompanying journal, and my own notebook & pen for new suggestions!
Obviously, a book like this can't cover everyone's faves - and it may tend to get dated quickly - omitting new best reads.
That said, it was a great concept, I loved adding suggestions, and found my tastes closer to quinnsmom's than the author's!
Sending (Book B) on to AuntK!

Journal Entry 35 by Seferim from Columbia, Maryland USA on Monday, March 15, 2004
Wow! Nancy Pearl has read so many books! She definitely gives me something to aspire to...

Thank you Debnance for starting this ring. The book was very fun to read, and like the other people have mentioned, I loved the accompanying journal. I liked Nancy Pearl's Rule of 50: Give a book 50 pages to prove itself. If you do not want to go on, don't! There are plenty of other books to read! :)

I will mail this to kristamd tomorrow.

Journal Entry 36 by Mountainwren from Bethesda, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 01, 2004
Book A arrived here today...perfect timing as my spring break starts this weekend and I will have the time to pore over its contents! Thanks to all who sent the book along.

Journal Entry 37 by Mountainwren from Bethesda, Maryland USA on Wednesday, April 07, 2004
A most enjoyable excursion! I especially enjoyed the enclosed journal of recommendations by other BookCrossers. I think I might have preferred more information about particular titles within "Book Lust" - I had the sense that the author sometimes listed every book published on a certain topic, rather than a few carefully chosen, much-loved books. I will be mailing the book along as soon as possible, which might be next week since I'm away on vacation right now.

Journal Entry 38 by Mountainwren from Bethesda, Maryland USA on Friday, April 16, 2004
Mailed to sahmofour today - should arrive within a week or two.

Journal Entry 39 by AuntK from Albany, California USA on Saturday, April 24, 2004
Book B was waiting for me when I got back from Spring Vacation. I have leafed through it... and you know, I kinda like the idea, especially of it's "companion book" which is like a slam book for literature :::grin:::. I will be sending it on within a week. Thanks for starting the bookring, Debnance, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply!

Ok, here are a few questions asked:

My favorite author: (it's so hard to pick one!) -- I think Geraldine Brooks has got to be the one. She's written excellent books that have fallen into some of my interest categories. Two of her best, "Nine Parts of Desire" (about islamic women) and "A year of Plague", keep me riveted. I heartily endorse all of her books and look forward to whatever she writes.

My favorite male author would have to be Jon Krakuer. I have watched him evolve from writing for Outside magazine in to a seasoned author. I think his latest book "Under the Banner of Heaven" revealed his maturing style.

I have been enjoying both Book Lust and it's companion. A great way to spend a couple of hours this weekend!

Well, this book is off to Kbgoffe and oregon... I think she'll see why I had to get it GONE!! ::grin:: ok, ok, I became a bit obsessed and when you mix that with my "collection"... well, you'll see for yourself when you get book B! Thanks for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 40 by sahmofour from Ocean Pines, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 29, 2004
Received this a few days ago, started it yesterday, am half-way through and already have 4 pages of books written down to look up and peruse later! Love the journal. Will be sending this off in a day or two to Ladyslott.

Journal Entry 41 by Ladyslott from Oceanside, New York USA on Wednesday, May 19, 2004
This book just arrived. I am looking forward to getting to it in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 42 by sahmofour from Ocean Pines, Maryland USA on Saturday, May 22, 2004
Terrific book that added so many pages to a little notebook that I will have to go through at my leisure too look into more. I was also fascinated by the fact that so many of love us the same books, by the time this came to me, I had not a lot to add to the journal since many of my favorites were already there! Thanks so much for this book Debbie!

Journal Entry 43 by Ladyslott from Oceanside, New York USA on Friday, June 25, 2004
I wanted to like this book, I 've heard so much about it. I didn't like it that much. It just seemed like an extra large book list. No reason given why you should read any given book, just a list of books that fit into some very strange categories.

I loved the little book journal that came with the book. It's basically the same idea as Nancy Pearls, but I value the opinions of other book group people maore than any one else.

Thanks for sharing this book Deb, I appreciate the chance to read it, even if it wasn't a favorite.

Journal Entry 44 by Ladyslott at Book Ring in Schenectady, New York USA on Friday, June 25, 2004
Released on Friday, June 25, 2004 at Book Ring in Schenectady, New York USA.

Sent to the next person on the list.


Journal Entry 45 by Hanrahan-Siudy from Schenectady, New York USA on Tuesday, June 29, 2004
arrived safe and sound book A

Journal Entry 46 by kbgoffe from Beaverton, Oregon USA on Wednesday, July 07, 2004
This book appeared to be lost but thankfully is back to be enjoyed by so many others! My upstairs neighbor was in Germany for the past 3 months. During that time she had her mail held. For whatever reasons a couple of items for me were accidentally placed in her stack. She got home on Saturday and went to the post office today to get her 3 large boxes of mail. She just now finished sorting through it all. Since she knows we are night owls down here she just brought me down my mail.

It is so wonderful to know that this book is not lost. I plan to try to have it off again in a day or two. Thanks debnance!

Journal Entry 47 by Hanrahan-Siudy from Schenectady, New York USA on Sunday, July 11, 2004
This book is a collection of titles that the author provides insights to in different areas. It is a very good research book for those wishing to find books on a various subjects. I did find about 15 new titles of books I will probaly put on my reading list. This book will be off to its neew home by he end of the week. Thanks Deb for sending it out with the notebook for other titles. I did find the author had missed some of my favorites, however I had read a good many of her suggested books.

Journal Entry 48 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Tuesday, August 03, 2004
I skimmed through the book as it wasn't what I was expecting and read the subjects that caught my eye.


Journal Entry 49 by needeler from Le Roy, New York USA on Tuesday, August 03, 2004
I forgot to sign in at the post above.

Journal Entry 50 by thescreaming from Cumberland, Maryland USA on Friday, August 13, 2004
This came in the mail yesterday. I have a stack of other bookrings ahead of it, but I'll try to get to it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 51 by melissaparcel from Kelso, Washington USA on Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Received today, will read soon and put my comments in the journal. I'm excited to spend a few hours with this one!

Journal Entry 52 by thescreaming from Cumberland, Maryland USA on Thursday, September 30, 2004
What a lovely little book. Now my wishlist is bigger than ever! Thanks for sharing this, Deb.

PMing espressoabe to get the book out as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 53 by melissaparcel from Kelso, Washington USA on Monday, November 15, 2004
Sorry I kept this so long! I had such a fun time going through my book journals and adding to the supplemental journal. I added *so* many books to my wish list! I added a new page for children's/young adult books. There are so many good ones I would love to hear what others think.
This books is off to alsomama this week (probably Thursday)

Thanks Debbie!

Journal Entry 54 by alsomama from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Got it! Love it! Will write more later.

Journal Entry 55 by alsomama from Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, December 22, 2004
On closer examination, I found this book a little irritating. True, it provides the reader with lots of new reading vistas to explore. there any book this woman doesn't love? She raves about good books as emphatically as some really mediocre ones. Still, it was fun to browse and I picked up some new authors to try out. This is Book B and it's on its way to the next reader, rythmbiscuit. Thanks so much for including me in the ring!

Journal Entry 56 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Friday, January 07, 2005
I received book B. Thank you!

Journal Entry 57 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Saturday, January 15, 2005
I agree with kristamd; I would have liked more information on some of the books to determine if I am interested in reading them. And I agree with many of you that the accompanying journal is far more interesting than the book itself. I love hearing about books Bookcrossers have enjoyed, and since I am someone who for a long while has kept a list of books I would like to read someday, my TBR list keeps getting longer and longer!

Book Lust has reminded me of something I had forgotten: when I was ten or so, I couldn't get enough of Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry. I would literally turn the last page, flip the book over, and immediately begin reading it again. I've never seen the film. And although there are several books I enjoy rereading from time to time, never since Brighty have I been so captivated by a book that every time I read it, it's like the first time. Pearl has a "Dui" category called "Books better remembered than reread," and I think Brighty belongs there for me. I would hate for it to lose its magic.

I contacted Libby2, and soon book and journal will be headed for Omaha!

Journal Entry 58 by rhythmbiscuit at on Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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I will mail this book to Libby2 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 59 by Libby2 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, January 29, 2005
Received "B" book and journal today. I must admit that I do not usually "sign up" for bookrings anymore. I did once-upon-a-time. I found that many bookring books arrived all at once and I felt compelled to read the ring books over others that I had more interest in. So, I stopped signing up. Then this ring appeared and, could not help myself - it just sounded too darn interesting! Especially the journal that comes with the book! So here I am, once again, already sifting through the pages to find out other's opinions of books! This came at a good time, just finished a book. So, I will be reading this one next and journaling soon. I'll try to finish up soon and send it off to the next reader. Thanks, debnace, for this unique book to read!

Journal Entry 60 by Libby2 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, April 09, 2005
COPY "B" Well! I think this book is not meant to be "read" cover to cover -at least I couldn't do it! It is a book for thumbing through, over time. I found the lists very interesting - a start for more research into books I have not heard of and now want to read. I really enjoyed it - I don't think you have to agree with all of her selections, but found many books she lists as ones that I would also recommend. In fact, I intend to purchase my own copy of Book Lust now. From the book: "People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading." "Reading saved my life." "My love and my work are one." I liked her "Rule of 50", also.

I found the little journal that comes with this book immensely interesting and copied down many of the suggested books. I enjoyed adding many book favorites of my own to the lists.

THANKS, debnance for making this delightful book and journal available to us! I almost wish you could send the journal around again so we can see all the entries at the end of the bookring.

To be mailed next to JennyO from Texas.

Journal Entry 61 by wingO-Jennywing from Temple, Texas USA on Friday, April 22, 2005
Received this one in the mail today. I'm currently halfway through THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and am sure it will make it onto several of the journal pages in the journal that came with this book (best first line, for example). I've flipped through the journal and will start reading the book in the next day or two.

debnance, this was such a good idea, I will probably at least get my own journal and send it around my face-to-face book group!

Journal Entry 62 by wingO-Jennywing from Temple, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
My little personal obsessive/compulsive traits meant that I had to count how many of the books Pearl listed I had already read. I used the index to count them. I came up with 198 (though I'll admit I may have lost track somewhere in the middle). All in all, I think she's listed quite a few really terrific books. And a few that I wasn't all that wild about. But I'll admit, she won me over in the introduction when she mentioned Matthew Kneale's THE ENGLISH PASSENGERS as a book she loved. (I loved it too and recommend it every chance I get.)

I did add several suggestions to the accompanying journal. And I stole debnance's idea by buying my own journal for my book club (I'll also be buying my own copy of this book). We've selected a couple of duds over the past few years, and I'm hoping a copy of this book and a related journal will help those who don't always have a good choice in mind.

Okay, now to answer the questions in the journal:

1) Who's your favorite author?

Well, I have several. And they'll probably change if you ask me tomorrow. But for today, for right now, it's these:

-- John Irving
-- Christopher Moore
-- Elizabeth McCracken
-- Michael Chabon
-- Tony Horwitz
-- Terry Pratchett
-- D.L. Sayers
-- P.G. Wodehouse
-- Evelyn Waugh
-- Richard Russo

(I find it odd that I tend to prefer male authors (especially British ones, it seems) to female authors. I don't know why that is, but it seems to have been that way for a long time now.)

2) What's your favorite book?

Oh, another hard one. And again, I refuse to limit myself.

-- The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis
-- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
-- Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
-- English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
-- A Short History of a Small Place by T.R. Pearson
-- Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
-- Straight Man by Richard Russo
-- I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly by Mary Ladd Gavell
-- Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

3) What's your favorite theme?

I don't have one. I'm omnivorous (if you can apply that to books). I don't often read what's classified as romance or SF, but I have loved examples of both. Right now, I'm a little burned out on mysteries, but I'm sure I'll get back to them again soon. I pretty much like anything as long as it's well written. Consider me a bibliophilic adventurer!!

This book is off to make a pit stop at debnance's before going on the road again.

Journal Entry 63 by wingO-Jennywing from Temple, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Sorry. One more entry from me. I forgot to include LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST'S CHILDHOOD PAL by Christopher Moore as one of my favorite books. And it *must* be there. (I told you I was obsessive!)

Journal Entry 64 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Book A has disappeared and all my efforts to locate it have been fruitless. As a result, I called original Book B home, made two copies of the journal, and bought another copy of Book Lust.

Now I'm putting both Book Lusts, Books A and B, and the journals that accompany each, back on the road. Thanks to the lovely person who added the cool stamps to Book B somewhere in its travels and thanks also to the lovely person who added the cool CD with essays from a favorite book to the original Book B; I'm continually amazed and refreshed by the cleverness and generosity of Bookcrossers in the world.

Journal Entry 65 by DiamondLight from Dublin, Texas USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I got this in the mail Saturday and I'm already speeding through it! I should have it ready to go in a day or two. Thanks! I love seeing all the suggestions for new reading material in this book. Some things I'm agreeing with and some things not, but that's the nature of reading, isn't it?

Journal Entry 66 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I was a bit confused at first by "Book A" and "Book B", but I think I have it figured out now. Poor books! They have had such travails!

In any case, Book A is now with me. Just after Debnance sent it on its way, I discovered that Nancy Pearl will be doing a reading (she has a second book out!) at a local bookstore. I am going to ask her to autograph the book. Somehow she strikes me as the sort of person who will appreciate both Bookcrossing and our journaling fun.

More later!

Journal Entry 67 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Friday, June 24, 2005
The book is now autographed!

To the Book Lust book ring -- Nancy Pearl

The event at Women and Children First was great fun. Pearl get so excited about books (just like us). Her new book has the same sort of interesting groupings as the first, and consists of books she forgot (!) to include in the first, books published since then, and books suggested to her by others which she then read and loved. She said that, when she included her email address in Book Lust, she anticipated getting "5 or 6" emails. I think we could have told her how wrong that estimate was. She got tons. Nevertheless, she includes it in her second book as well. Booklovers just gotta share.

I'm still dipping into this one (it's that kind of book), but will try to get it moving soon.

Journal Entry 68 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Monday, July 04, 2005
While it's easy to say that this book is simply a list of favorites, what Pearl has done to make it different is to create a wide variety of interesting and intriguing categories. Certainly no such book can be definitive (which is why More Book Lust) has just been published, and there will always be differences of opinion. "How could she forget [X]!!" will be followed immediately by, "How on earth could she include [Y]!" So I very much enjoyed adding to the journal and seeing what others had written.

Now for Debnance's questions, hard as they are to answer (and please remember that the answers are very fluid, and that these lists are by no means complete!):

Favorite Author(s)
Dorothy L. Sayers
Robertson Davies
E.F. Benson
Isabel Allende
M. R. James
Oscar Wilde
Colm Toíbín

Favorite Books
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers
If On Some Winter's Night a Traveller, by Italo Calvino
The Story of the Night, by Colm Toíbín
The Greek Passion, by Nikos Kazantzakis
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

I don't have one. It's easier to say what I don't like ("romance", science fiction, westerns). I tend to collect in the areas of books on books, and Japanese art and culture.

Journal Entry 69 by DiamondLight from Dublin, Texas USA on Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I meant to get this sent out sooner. I found some wonderful ideas for more wish list entries. Ack! My tbr grows..........Enjoy!

Journal Entry 70 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, July 09, 2005
I was finally able to get to the Post Office this morning, so the book and journal are on their way to mssaver.

Journal Entry 71 by mssaver from Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Oh, boy! The book arrived today, and I can hardly wait. Thanks, debnance, mojosmom, and all the bookringers in between.

Journal Entry 72 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Book B and its journal arrived safe and sound yesterday. Something tells me I'm going to be in trouble... the good kind though. =)

Journal Entry 73 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Monday, July 18, 2005
All done. Not as good as I'd hoped it would be. I did find a nice selection of books to add to my wish list but part of that was doing my own research to figure out what the book was about. What I was hoping for was a list of books with reasons why each book struck Ms. Pearl. I wouldn't even say half of the books get this treatment. Instead I get lists and in some cases statements about how this book is OK, but this other work is better. Why!?!

Oh well.

I'm contacting amoebastar now.

Journal Entry 74 by mssaver from Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Well, this (Book A, incidentally) was an interesting book, and I did *sigh* add a bunch of titles to my personal books-to-read list, but I can't say that I always agreed with the author's choices. I do think it was cool that mojosmom got her to autograph the book, though.

OK, here are my answers to debnance's questions.

1) My favorite author varies from day to day. Right now it's Barbara Kingsolver.
2) It's hard to pick one favorite book, too, but I really like *Like Water for Chocolate.*
3) Favorite theme? Anything someone has written well about.

I plan to send this off to cyber-librarian tomorrow.

Journal Entry 75 by cyber-librarian from Cary, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
I received Book A & journal last Saturday from mssaver in IL ... as part of this bookring. I've already started reading and enjoying it. I'm going to try my best NOT to add to my already-too-long wishlist ... but this book might prove it irrisitible. Thanks debnance, for sharing it with all of us.

c. 2003 -- 256 pages -- Trade Paperback -- Best books -- Books and reading -- Recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason

Back Cover: Organized into more than 175 creative, useful, and often witty lists, this book satisfies any reader's desire to find the right book for the right time. Lists include:
* Les Crimes Noir - suggestions for non-mysteries, tragic tales of greed, obsession, and compulsion, filled with doomed heroes, grifters, desperate men, and femmes fatales
* Intriguing Novels - spy novels up to World War II
* Fathers and Daughters - books that explore that frequently fraught relationship
* Elvis on My Mind - books devoted to the King
* Bird Brains - books about birds and the people who watch them
* Sex and the Single Reader - tomes that comfort and titillate
-- and many, many, more ...

Journal Entry 76 by sistert at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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On the way to amoebastar.

Journal Entry 77 by cyber-librarian from Cary, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
I finished reading this today and will be mailing it out soon (as I do have the next person on the list address). I was a little disappointed as the book wasn't quite what I expected. It seemed some of the categories were way out there ... and wondered how often people are really interested in reading those subject matters. But other parts were interesting and enjoyable to read. I was determined NOT to add to my already-longer-than-life wishlist ... but alas I have no self-control and I couldn't resist these intiguing categories:
* added 7 titles from the Cat Crazy (my weakness) chapter and 2 titles from the journal (thanks Libby2)
* added 8 titles from the King Arthur chapter
* added 53 titles from the 100 Good Reads, Decade by Decade chapter

Released 13 yrs ago (8/24/2005 UTC) at book ring in Mailed to fellow bookcrosser, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases



I plan to mail this tomorrow to DSM in MI ... as part of the bookring.

Journal Entry 79 by DSM from Forestville, Michigan USA on Monday, August 29, 2005
This book arrived safe and sound today! Am just finishing up a book and will then get right into this one!

Journal Entry 80 by YDO-379482 on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Caught as part of the B bookring. I will be thumbing through this book quite soon so that I can pass it on. Long live Nancy Pearl! Quite the Library & Info Science inspiration. Maybe with her as a model I can get through library school. ;-)

Journal Entry 81 by DSM from Forestville, Michigan USA on Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Great - like I don't have enough books on my TBR pile and this book had to arrive! Now my list of books to puchase is getting longer and longer! I've added several to the journal for others too (that was a great idea debnance)

I've PMed the next bookcrosser and await their address!

Journal Entry 82 by YDO-379482 on Saturday, September 17, 2005
I didn't get into the book much due to school studies. I did add a lot to the journal. I've sent it on to RaineeRose. Thanks for starting this!

Journal Entry 83 by DSM at Post Office in Bad Axe, Michigan USA on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (9/20/2005 UTC) at Post Office in Bad Axe, Michigan USA



On it's way to the next person on the list for this bookring!

Journal Entry 84 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Received today. I'm looking forward to this one!

(Edited to add that this book is from the "B" list).

Journal Entry 85 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Like many people here, I, too, would have liked it if Pearl had included more information about each book so that I could determine if I would want to read it. After all, you can't judge a book by it's title, and I'm sure that some of the titles I think sound great may actually turn out to be boring (to me) , while some of the titles I overlooked because they didn't sound interesting to me are actually probably gems that I may never discover.

That being said, for the most part, I enjoyed reading Pearl's list, and I enjoyed the accompanying journal even more. I added approximately 40 books to my wish list based on Pearl's and other bookcrossers' recommendations.

Debnance posed some good questions for us to answer. Following is my reponse to two of them:

1. Who's your favorite author? I'm not sure I have a favorite, but there are many writers I relate to and enjoy for various reasons: John Irving, John Updike, Simon Winchester, Marian Keyes, Jennifer Weiner, Barbara Vine, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, Anita Shreve, Charles Dickens, Laura Esquivel, W. Somerset Maugham, Lisa Jewell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Cunningham, Edith Wharton, Frank Peretti, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Bronte ... so many more. I was an English major, and my reading habits -- like those of probably everyone here -- are diverse.

2. What's your favorite book? You might as well ask, "Who's your favorite child!" This question is impossible for me to answer since I find enjoyment in so many of the things I read. There are a few books I go back to time and again -- like Alcott's "Little Women" and Allende's "The House of the Spirits" -- but I really don't have a favorite. Good writing is my favorite thing!

I have added a few books to the journal and plan on adding a few more before I send this on to ecoboy. Thanks, debnance, for starting this ring!

(Book B)

Journal Entry 86 by faeriemyst from Marietta, Ohio USA on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Received today, can't wait to read it! From the "A" list. :o)

Journal Entry 87 by faeriemyst from Marietta, Ohio USA on Thursday, October 06, 2005
I'm settling for an average rating because while I liked the genre listing aspect with the many varieties of books, I felt like the author needed to tell more about each book, and frankly, the book wasn't a very enjoyable read, it was too dry. More information was needed so that I would even get interested in books she mentioned; sorry a title and author are not enough. The book wasn't that big that she couldn't elaborate on her thoughts of the book. What are her reasons for recommending the book in the first place? The author was also repetitive, she mentioned The Prince of Tides at least five times, once is enough. What's the point of badgering the reader that she likes it? I found it more palatable by reading it in smaller doses and not by reading the whole thing at one time. Maybe it's a good reference book featuring different lists of books but I can find more informational reading lists online.

Thanks for sharing the book (and the journal) with everyone, debnance!

[Book and journal A]

Journal Entry 88 by RaineeRose from Rochester, New York USA on Friday, October 07, 2005
This is in regards to book B:

After one week and the required two attempts, I was unable to get any response from ecoboy. I then moved on to eicuthbertson, who sent me her address yesterday. I'll get the book and journal sent out to her later today.


Sending on to eicuthbertson. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 90 by faeriemyst from Marietta, Ohio USA on Saturday, October 15, 2005
I was able to send it out today to Luintaurien, sorry it took so long.

Journal Entry 91 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Just received in the mail; I'm just home from a BookCrossing Meetup so this is good timing. Looking forward to reading this---I love seeing other people's lists! This book fell open to 'Lady Travelers' already....

Journal Entry 92 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Saturday, October 22, 2005
Got it today. Thank you. Will read and pass on ASAP. Enjoyed the book. Thanks.

Journal Entry 93 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Well, this book is already on its way to China & I'm still looking at all the notes I made from Nancy Pearl's lists & from the Journal that bookcrossers have been writing their own book/author lists in. (Thanks for that, debnance; great idea!)

I'm glad I read "Book Lust", although I might not have if I'd just seen it in a shop. Her interests seem to be wide-ranging & I love lists anyway. I have read lots of the books Pearl mentions, like the "The Book Borrower", for instance, (great story) but only a few of her 'too good to miss' authors---I'd agree with Robert Heinlein & Connie Willis, but I can leave George MacDonald Fraser alone.

Didn't like the '50 page rule'. I'm a good girl; I almost always plough on through...sometimes the ending is such a relief!

I piled up so many books that she didn't mention, that I soon gave up the idea of naming them all! Where are the 'women warriors' in 'Action Heroines'? Most of those fantasy novels are written by women, I think, in contrast to her list of male authors here. Try Elizabeth Moon's books! Maybe I will have to write my own book, or a least a fantasy,Canadian & historical mystery list.

I'd like to hear more from Pearl about why she liked a certain book, or even if she did (she doesn't always say). Sometimes she does sound a bit preachy---about Charles Lindbergh, for instance (he was hardly alone in his World War II views). Does she really read only historical mysteries set in ancient Greece & Rome? Where did she get a graduate degree in historical fiction (sounds like fun) & why does she hope her granddaughter "grows up loving to read, but not too much"? How can one love to read too much?? Really!

My favourite author: Don't think I can name only one.

My favourite book: Oh, dear! Can't do that either, although I consider that reading "Women and Economics" (1898) by Charlotte Perkins (Stetson) Gilman when I was about thirteen probably 'changed' my life for the best.

My favourite theme: Well, I can name my favourite genre---that would be historical mystery & the more women in them the better. Here I could name a few favourite authors, for sure. First, if I have to name one, is Barbara Hambly, then Gillian Linscott & Miriam Grace Monfredo,& Lindsay Davis, also Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels), & Laurel R. King for fun.

Journal Entry 94 by Genevalove from Fairfax, Virginia USA on Monday, November 28, 2005
Hooray, Book Lust has arrived in Shanghai! This looks like fascinating reading. I'll get it on the move again as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 95 by Genevalove from Fairfax, Virginia USA on Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Well, I now have fifty more titles on my wish list. What a fun book, and I especially loved reading everyone's entries in the book journal (I have the B book and journal). Per the instructions in the journal, here are my responses:

1) favorite author: Rohinton Mistry, George Eliot, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood
2) favorite book: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Middlemarch by George Eliot, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and (although it's hard to pick just one) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.
3) favorite theme: couldn't say. Mostly I just love variety.

I'll PM the next person on the B list and get these books off to Australia as soon as possible.

LATER: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a response from the next two people on the list, and since I'm moving back to the U.S. from Shanghai the day after tomorrow, I couldn't wait long for an answer. This book is on the way to Germany as of this morning.

Journal Entry 96 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Monday, January 02, 2006
arrived safe at my house, Copy B

thanks for sharing this book with me.

1) favorite author:

LaVyrle Spencer, Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, Jane Austen,
James A Michener

2) favorite book:

Open Season, Alaska, Sleeping in the Woods, Emma,
Lucky's Lady, Morning Song, The Lady and the Gambler

3) favorite theme:

Romance, Rom.Suspense, ChickLit and Woman Fiction

as Marieke,The Netherlands wanted to be skipped the book goes on to butterfly-noir,Portugal

Journal Entry 97 by nikel27 at Post Office in Book Ring, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 05, 2006

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Off to the next member

Journal Entry 98 by JMT60201 from Evanston, Illinois USA on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Mea culpa, Debbie. This lovely little journal has been with me _forever_ since you entrusted it to me at the Printers Row book fair many seasons ago. It is ready to head back out into the world. Would you like it back so you can get reacquainted?? I will mail it to the location of your choice. (Very embarrassed and sheepish smile)

Journal Entry 99 by Luintaurien at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/Ring, Rabck in York, Nebraska USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Journal Entry 100 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Saturday, January 28, 2006
One of the two original journals for the Bookcrossing Book Lust bookring has returned home after a stay with JMT60201, the person who originally sparked my interest in Book Lust.

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