Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

As a bookish person, I often find myself thinking about the books I have read long after I have finished reading, closed the cover, and put it back on my shelf. From childhood reads to the one I read yesterday, each book as shaped my reading life and the way I view reality around me.

I now get to add Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence to this list. Her book is full of letters to books she has come in contact with throughout her life, and as a librarian, the list is extensive. I found myself agreeing, laughing, and feeling my TBR growing as the further I got into her book.

This has not made me want to write a letter to every book I read, but I feel Dear Fahrenheit 451 deserves a letter. So here it goes (just in time for Valentine’s Day):

To Dear Fahrenheit 451,

You have made me excited to read. Don’t get me wrong, I already love to pick up a book and dive into a new story, but you somehow manage to make this desire grow.

I laughed along when reading about books I had already read. I wondered if I would have the same reaction to books I had never heard of before. And I always kept a notebook and pen nearby to jot down titles of books I want to read (or re-read) because of your letters.

Thank you for being honest, full of laughter, and a few tears too. You make breaking up with a book a little bit easier and falling in love with a new one more exciting.

See you the next time I need a book suggestion,

An Avid Reader


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