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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan

Title: Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading
Author: Maureen Corrigan
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From “It’s not that I don’t like people,” writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading. “It’s just that there always comes a moment when I’m in the company of others—even my nearest and dearest—when I’d rather be reading a book.” In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life—from classic works of English literature to hard-boiled detective novels, and everything in between. And in her explorations of the heroes and heroines throughout literary history, Corrigan’s love for a good story shines

My Two Cents: 

If you're reading my blog, you're probably a reader. Maureen Corrigan has been a lifelong reader who now reviews books for NPR's Fresh Air. She uses books to move through life. When she was going through the trials and tribulations that can so many times be college and grad school, she had her favorite books by her side. When she went through an overseas adoption process, she had other books to lead the way. I found myself saying, "Wow, this sounds like me!"

Some of the book meanders a little bit. She covers a couple themes in the books that she's come across (i.e. the female adventure story). They were interesting but just didn't really seem to fit into the overall theme of the book, which is why I'm not giving the book more stars. I thought some of the meandering took away from the overall book.

Bottom line, as a reader, I definitely enjoyed this book. I always appreciate when I can see myself in the book and really identify with the book.

My Review:
3 of 5 stars


  1. Just the title of the book makes me want to pick it up! Excellent review and I think I'm going to put this one on my to-be-read list because I sure can relate to books helping me get through certain times of my life.

  2. Agree with you - I love to read any book when I can see a little bit of myself in it, and this one sounds like I definitely would be able to!

  3. @Coffee and a Book Chick It kind of pulls you a little more into the book, I think!

  4. I am going to mark this one down to read. I am always with a book. Actually my husband complains because I always have a book with me. I keep my kindle in my purse. You just never know when you might have the chance to read! I even take my book while I am taking the dog out! I cannot imagine life without books!


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