Ever been betrayed by a pretty cover and a pair of alluring blurbs?
Rest assured: Read This Next will never hurt you. The 500 book recommendations contained within these pages have all been carefully vetted and approved by two literary professionals with discerning taste and witty wit. Arranged into delightful thematic lists, these suggestions cover the best of literature high and low, from page-turning classics to mind-expanding fluff; from murder mysteries and post-apocalyptic visions to historical fiction and bathroom books. Each book is paired with deeply insightful, deeply hilarious discussion questions, perfect for book groups or for readers who just enjoy talking to themselves.
In a world where so many books disappoint robbing you of your time and money, promising more than they can deliverRead This Next is the wickedly smart, faithful, and attractive partner youve always dreamed would bring you true and lasting reading happiness.
Writer and editor Howard Mittelmark's book reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hollywood Reporter, Writer's Digest, and other publications. He is the author of the novel Age of Consent.
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-Chicago Tribune Books
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“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.”
-Wall Street Journal