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Book Review: Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark

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Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark is a selection of an interesting array from literature. The authors seem well aware that the amount of books which can be tackled over the course of one’s lifetime has a major issue:  time management. People tend to have plenty of things happening at once, and so taking away from the oftentimes overwhelming busyness for perusal of a book can be exhibiting at best.

To remedy the situation, Newman and Mittlemark have thoughtfully complied a list of works which should be at the top of the get to pile. Anyone who has ever taken an English Literature course will easily recognize various bits. Candide, for example, is included as well as Madame Bovary. With five hundred to choose, readers are bound to find something. Genres are separated out for easy finding of favorites. In certain points, a second group is added so one can go find additional works on the same topic should there be an interest. 

For the most part, this book is geared towards book clubs. Should there be a need for a new selection picked, a boatload of items is available at one’s fingertips. A work is summed up by a quick overview and questions are supplied for group discussion. However, those not already involved in a club can still enjoy the material. The variety contained within is scribbled onto the page for a wide appeal.

With over thirty years of being involved in the book world, Newman and Mittlemark know how to find the literary gems which those who love the written word devour. The commentary these two make is well worth the price of purchase.

Should one want to know more, go to the Read This Next website.

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