Let Reading Change You

From the Publisher 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.

Worth Reading in Bed? Yes Sally Allen has done the work for you by compiling and sorting some of the books that have resonated with her through her own reading journey. Allen subscribes to my way of thinking on several fronts.  One, she carries a book, EVERYWHERE, because you never know when you might need one. Two, reading is in the eye of the beholder. She says, “Standards matter, but people matter more.” Your literature may not be my literature and that’s okay. And guess what, read what you like! Finally, negativity breeds negativity. Allen references Matthew Ghoulish in his essay titled “Criticism” in which he writes, “If we look for problems, we will find them everywhere. Out of concern for ourselves and our psychic well-being, let us look instead for the aspects of wonder.” These tenets apply to reading but can really be applied to life.

This is a gem of a book that you will find yourself perusing for that next great read. These are not in-depth, critical reviews but blurbs to whet your appetite and nudge you throughout the vast array of constant literary pile-up.

About the Author About the Author Sally Allen is an award-winning writer and teacher. She 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. The founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub, she leads book group discussions and teaches writing and communication. About the Illustrator Ha Pham is a designer and illustrator. Since graduating from Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts in Vietnam, she has worked as a freelancer for authors around the world.

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