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Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.
In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us.
Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately—and compassionately—can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection. Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.
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My review of Unlocking Worlds
This book is a treasure. It’s like having a cup of coffee with a fellow book lover. I thoroughly enjoyed Allen’s commentary on books and the magical world of reading but found myself engrossed in her book lists. A few of the books I’ve read, of course, so it was nice to see someone wistfully reminiscing about a book I’d also enjoyed. But the real joy of the book is discovering other books to read, worthwhile books that have left a long-lasting impression on someone who loves reading as much as I do.
I must confess that I’ve never read a reading companion before, but this was a delightful introduction to the world of companions. If you’re a book lover, do yourself a favor and give Unlocking Worlds a look-see. You’ll find yourself comparing notes on books you have in common, while making notes on what books to read next. Thanks to Allen, I now have a lot of books on my reading list!
Award winning writer and teacher Sally Allen holds a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature. She teaches writing, literature, and communications, leads book group discussions, and is the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.