Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451,
I don’t usually write letters to books but your author, Annie Spence, made me do it. When we first met, I was skeptical about you. I had never read a book about books so I was unsure what to expect. I must say that I like you. We are friends. You’ll be hanging out on my book shelf for a little while. But we will never be lovers – and that’s fine.
I will forever remember that The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides is Annie’s favorite book. I’m embarrassed to admit I have never read it but you have definitely sold it to me. If a book can get someone this obsessed, I just have to find out why and how. Annie mentioning it (at least) three times and literally swooning over her favorite book is weirdly inspiring. It makes me jealous, somehow, because you made me realize that I have yet to meet the book love of my life.
You have a great sense of humor. You made me laugh out loud more than once and I honestly can’t say that about many books. I’m thankful for all the great book suggestions you gave me. My fearfully humongous TBR list has grown even more. I’m in awe of your literary savviness and I can tell that you love your job. You deserve to be gifted to a true bibliophile. Only we will truly appreciate your humor and intelligence. Only we will understand how cozying up with a good book always, ALWAYS comes before attending a social gathering.
You may not be the life of the party but you’re definitely the cool, brooding blonde reading The Virgin Suicides in the dim-lit corner of the room.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Flatiron Books and Goodreads for sending me a free Advanced Reading copy of this lovely book.
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence will be first published by Flatiron Books on September 26th.