#20BooksOfSummer Tinderbox by Megan Dunn #BookReview

Back again with another review! Book 11 has been ticked off although this wasn’t on my original 20 Books list – there’s a surprise! I recently bought a couple of books from Galley Beggar Press and TINDERBOX by Megan Dunn was one of them! And at only 150 pages long it came at the time when I was in need of a little non fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Megan Dunn was in a hole. Her attempt to write a fictional tribute to Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t going well. Borders, the bookseller she worked, for was going bust. Her marriage was failing. Her prospects were narrowing. The world wasn’t quite against her – but it wasn’t exactly helping either. 

Riffing on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about the end of reading, Tinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it’s about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.

Ironically enough for a book about failures in art, Tinderbox is a fantastic achievement; a wonderfully crafted work of non-fiction that is by turns brilliantly funny and achingly sad. … It will also help ensure that you will never ever again be rude to anyone working in retail.

In the author’s words:

It is about the end of the Borders book chain, Julie Christie and me – but not necessarily in that order.

It is also about Ray Bradbury, censorship and the end of the world – but not necessarily in that order.

It is also about Jeff intellectual, Bezos freedom, and Piggle Iggle – not in order but that necessarily.
 

Published by Galley Beggar

PURCHASE LINKS

Publisher Site – Limited Edition copy

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

I really enjoyed this charming and insightful book about the author and her experience and struggle of trying to write a book about a book, while dealing with all that life was throwing at her! It was funny, heartfelt and just made me want to pick up Fahrenheit 451 and re-read it to add to the experience of noticing the little things you often forget about a book when you’ve not read it for so long!

It’s a book about the impact a book can have a person – the experience of reading and the relationship we all share when we connect with a book or author, and the memories it can evoke from the time in our lives when we pick these books up. It also deals with her time as a bookseller – the bookshop Borders was going through very tough financial times while she worked there and some of the things she noticed about staff and customers was enlightening to say the least! Loved the potted history of Borders as well and why it was created and how the creation of A****N(!) affected sales and how we as readers still have such a deep rooted connection with bookshops.

But the main thread of the story is centred around Fahrenheit 451 – the book and film version are both analyzed as she attempts to write a tribute to it and I loved how her mind just kept wandered as she attempted to hit word counts each day. It also touches on book snobbery, reality tv and how she discovered how prophetic the original F451 was -characters without books to light up their minds become more self obsessed/narcissistic – very apt it seems for the world we live in nowadays. And any book that can include Iggle Piggle in gets a thumbs up from me!

★★★★

2019 Library Love Challenge

Welcome to the third annual Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures.

I recently spotted this challenge over at Secret Library Book Blog and thought it sounded a perfect challenge that a lot of us can take part in!  And with our local library currently under threat from closure by the local council – boo hiss! – I’m hoping to use the library more to help show that these places are so vital to the community!  And it will also help my bank balance!!

So here is how it all works!

Details:

Runs: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join any time.

  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it in the linky below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • As an added bonus: I’m offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! Their are a few freebie entries just for signing up to join the challenge and then the main entries throughout the year will be the direct links to your book reviews. You will have until Jan. 4th, 2020 to enter your reviews in the Linky/Rafflecopter. Go here to enter your reviews & the giveaway: 2019 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.
  • (Optional) Mid-Year Library Check In: This year (2019) I plan on posting a Mid-Year Library Check In Post sometime in June or July. This post is to showcase what you have done so far in the Library Love Challenge. I’ll be offering up a separate giveaway for the Mid-Year Library Check In.
  • (Optional) Reviews: Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • Please use #LibraryLoveChallenge when sharing your reviews, library pictures, etc…

Levels:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books 

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So I’ll be aiming for Dewey Decimal to begin with but hopefully by borrowing books and listening to more audio books I can reach a higher level!


HAPPY READING!!