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Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen Review

Updated on December 11, 2015

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I was sen a free copy of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen.

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Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen Review

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen Review is book woven together by sally Allen from personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. Sally Allen shares many of the treasures from her own library and the secret lives that they can reveal to readers. Sally Allen gives her permission to her readers to embrace the book lover inside of us without fear or shame. Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen Review is a passionate celebration of book and those readers who crack them open and dive in to a new life inside the pages.

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Sally Allen

Sally Allen is a award-winning writer and teacher who understands that a good book does not just draw the reader in, but speaks to them, shapes them, and transports them to different times and places where anything and everything can happen. Sally Allen has a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric. Sally Allen also posses a Master's Degree in English Language and Literature. Currently Sally Allen teaches writing, literature, and communications. Sally Allen also lead book discussions, and is both the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.

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Q&A: Sally Allen, Unlocking Worlds

Did anyone help you to write this book?
In terms of the actual writing, I had to sit myself down at my computer and write it all by my lonesome. But so many people inspired me along the way, first and foremost the authors whose books I discuss. On the more practical side, my editors were invaluable. They offered suggestions and revisions that I would not have thought to make. I am so thankful for them!


What made you decide to write this style of book?
I love reading books about books. They give me new ways to think about reading (one of my favorite pastimes!) and, of course, so many fascinating new titles for my to-be-read pile. After several years of reading and writing about books, I knew I wanted to reflect on my experiences with books and continue the conversation with other readers. I decided to organize my chapters by theme after noticing I repeatedly return to the same ones over and over again.


How did you decide on the title?
I often joke that the hardest part of writing this book was coming up with a title that fit. I must have selected and discarded fifteen to twenty different titles along the way. Finally, my editor suggested “Unlocking the World,” which didn’t seem exactly right either, since I’m not writing about one world but many. So we dropped the article, made “world” plural, and that’s how I finally found my title. Unlocking worlds, not just geographically but emotionally and intellectually, is precisely what I love about reading.

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As I wrote at the top of this hub: "I was sen a free copy of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen."

I have to say when I first came across Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen I was unsure what it was truly meant to be about and even though I am book lover I was unsure if I would like it. I have to say that I read it and DID like it! It was not your typical fiction or nonfiction book because it is in fact a book on books. My favorite part of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen was the books that Sally Allen had read. The book has the title and author in bold and then the text under it is Sally Allen talking about the book what she liked and disliked. I fell in love with this book when I realized that I could read it to find more books to read ones that I knew I would like. I also liked the chapter 17 Reconciling with the inevitable:we can't read all the books. This section offers other activities that are book related, but can give you a break from reading like attending author talks or listening too books. The book ends with a bibliography.

I found this book about books to be an interesting and enjoying read. I felt like I was connecting with a person who truly enjoyed reading as much as I do. I found many of Sally Allen's insights to be helpful and her writing to be inspiring.

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      misty103 2 years ago

      Hi Sally Allen,

      Thanks you for taking the time to read my review. I am glad you liked it. Your book was an enjoyable read.

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      Sally Allen 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for this review. I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it and found it inspiring! And I love the way you put this: "I felt like I was connecting with a person who truly enjoyed reading as much as I do." That was a big part of what inspired me to write - wanting to connect with fellow book lovers. :)