Books for Living

Books for Living

From the author of the best-selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club - a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives. "I've always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book," writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction From the author of the best-selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club - a wonderfully engaging new book: both...

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Title:Books for Living
Author:Will Schwalbe
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385353545
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Books for Living Reviews

  • Steve Sarner
    Jul 03, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 11, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

  • Cheri
    Apr 06, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 16, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

    I really enjoy books about books. Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to read...having to board a flight with no reading material! I personally tend to overpack books for travel. "I know I have the e-reader but what if something goes wrong with it? I better p...

    I loved The End of your Life Book Club and also really enjoyed this book. Will Schwalbe is a wonderful writer and I have a hard time putting his books down; I just want to keep reading. This book is a compilation of books that have influenced his life, helping him to be a better person...

    I kept hearing so much talk about Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club. You have to read it prodded friends. Nope. It'll be too sad. I'm just not up for this book. Booktopia authors were announced and I ordered Books for the Living. I was overtaken by this book. Will describ...

    This was a delightful read - it was like chatting with a friend about all your favorite books. My TBR grew with almost every chapter. ...

  • Elyse Walters
    Dec 23, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

  • Ken
    Jan 02, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

  • Clif Hostetler
    Jul 11, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

  • Kevin
    May 14, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

    I really enjoy books about books. Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to read...having to board a flight with no reading material! I personally tend to overpack books for travel. "I know I have the e-reader but what if something goes wrong with it? I better p...

  • Michael
    Oct 17, 2018

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

  • Carol
    May 02, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

  • Lauren
    Jan 31, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

  • Chris
    Mar 30, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

  • Candace
    Sep 25, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

  • Darlene
    Apr 04, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Apr 26, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

  • Snotchocheez
    Mar 21, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

  • Deb
    Apr 08, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

    I really enjoy books about books. Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to read...having to board a flight with no reading material! I personally tend to overpack books for travel. "I know I have the e-reader but what if something goes wrong with it? I better p...

    I loved The End of your Life Book Club and also really enjoyed this book. Will Schwalbe is a wonderful writer and I have a hard time putting his books down; I just want to keep reading. This book is a compilation of books that have influenced his life, helping him to be a better person...

    I kept hearing so much talk about Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club. You have to read it prodded friends. Nope. It'll be too sad. I'm just not up for this book. Booktopia authors were announced and I ordered Books for the Living. I was overtaken by this book. Will describ...

  • Kate
    Mar 09, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

    I really enjoy books about books. Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to read...having to board a flight with no reading material! I personally tend to overpack books for travel. "I know I have the e-reader but what if something goes wrong with it? I better p...

    I loved The End of your Life Book Club and also really enjoyed this book. Will Schwalbe is a wonderful writer and I have a hard time putting his books down; I just want to keep reading. This book is a compilation of books that have influenced his life, helping him to be a better person...

  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 05, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

  • Kaitlin S.
    Oct 10, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

  • Susan
    Oct 30, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

  • Rebecca
    Feb 27, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

  • Diane Barnes
    Jan 18, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

  • Lisa
    Jul 07, 2018

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

  • Betsy
    Mar 24, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

    I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print. Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark. I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention...

    Books for Living is a thoughtful book about the power of reading and how books have added meaning to the author's life. Schwalbe is a likable, enthusiastic writer and I related personally to several of these essays, enjoying each of them. ...

    I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to read this inspiring book. Also, my TBR list is much bigger now! ...

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read. Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read. I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen and the Art of Archery and "mastering the art of reading", since I read it las...

    I really enjoy books about books. Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to read...having to board a flight with no reading material! I personally tend to overpack books for travel. "I know I have the e-reader but what if something goes wrong with it? I better p...

    I loved The End of your Life Book Club and also really enjoyed this book. Will Schwalbe is a wonderful writer and I have a hard time putting his books down; I just want to keep reading. This book is a compilation of books that have influenced his life, helping him to be a better person...

    I kept hearing so much talk about Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club. You have to read it prodded friends. Nope. It'll be too sad. I'm just not up for this book. Booktopia authors were announced and I ordered Books for the Living. I was overtaken by this book. Will describ...

    This was a delightful read - it was like chatting with a friend about all your favorite books. My TBR grew with almost every chapter. ...

    So many enticements to expand your reading limits. ...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Mar 04, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

    Full disclosure: I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation. But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read...

    3 stars Using Will Schwalbe's genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him, Books for Living, doesn't quite measure up. There's nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortme...

    I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books. This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading t...

    I was pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, a book about books? Will this be the usual clichés on reading? You know, "opens new worlds", "let?s you live other lives", yada yada yada. Sure there was a little of that (not much) but, there was so much more and within the firs...

    In "Books for Living", we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir. Where in his warm and moving first book, "The End of Your Life Book Club", the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in t...

  • Linda Quinn
    Nov 15, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs to be 'an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance.'...

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing meaty. Light. Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive a...

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, ?The End of Your Life Book Club,? about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the place of books in the modern world. He is not anti social media, but he says he still fe...

    Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life. Thus it's a combination of memoir, sociological/historical commentary, and multiple book reviews. Perhaps a descriptive alternativ...

    (2.5) Such a mixed bag. A couple of these chapters are top-notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone: the one about Giovanni?s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the be...

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk w...

  • Whispering Stories
    Mar 22, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

  • Sharon Metcalf
    Jan 18, 2019

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...

    I read Will Schwalbe?s ?The End of Your Life Book Club? in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Less than two years later my own mother?s health would decline very rapidly for a whi...

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe?s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his life. On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and t...

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to be on my shelf. I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an e...

    Will Schwalbe, author of ?The End of Your Life Book Club? has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ?Books for Living?. In these 20+ books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, ne...

    Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book. In it Will list books that have meant something to him. He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living. He elaborates these with life lessons ...

    This is a book about books. Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events. I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he d...

    4.5 stars A word of warning, if you're trying to limit the number of books you add to your TBR folder you should NOT read Books For Living by Will Schwalbe. On the other hand, how fantastic it is to read a book which guides you to many much loved and well respected books. I've made...

  • Amalia Gavea
    Jan 01, 2017

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Washington Post....[from when he wrote "The End of Your Life Book Club"]......."S...

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more. Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read. He un...

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or well-written or interesting, but astonishing! One of the best non-fiction books I've ...