Book Review: So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson

February 11, 2010
Title: So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
Author: Sara Nelson
Genre: Non Fiction
Format: Paperback
Year Published: 2003  
Source: I purchased this book.

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading, by Sara Nelson, offers the author's personal recollections of reading a book a week for a year. While she didn't quite accomplish that feat, she did find many interesting books that were important to her at a particular moment in time. She also found out that you DON'T have to read a book if you don't want to. Nelson found out that sometimes everyday life can interfere with your best-laid plans. For example, she took the book Funny Men, by Ted Heller, with her on a weekend to Vermont. 

However, when she was in Vermont, staying in Alexander Solzhenitsyn's old compound, she found that it was exactly the wrong book to read in such an atmosphere, surrounded by Solzhenitsyn's personal library.

Nelson apparently intended this book mostly to be about the books she read, but it became as much a memoir as a book on books. Sometimes you're reading a book and it will remind you of someone you love, or help you to understand them better.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it any voracious readers. You will enjoy it.


  1. This has been on my list for a while, since I first read a review of it. It sounds like the perfect book for a bookworm!

  2. Life interfering with reading plans is a familiar experience for many of us I suspect, this does sound an interesting read.

  3. It's a really good book. I think that Nelson intended for this book to be just a record of the books she read over the course of a year, but it turned into a personal memoir, with stories about her husband and son.

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