Thursday, January 19, 2023

Books from the Backlog - My Life with Bob

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine and Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

Blurb:  Imagine keeping a record of every book you've ever read. What would this reading trajectory say about you? With passion, humor, and insight, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life.
Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years—carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and then carefully removed from apartment to house to its current perch on a shelf over her desk—reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob.

Bob is Paul's Book of Books, a journal that records every book she's ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life—her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment.

But My Life with Bob isn't really about those books. It's about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It's about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path. It's about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are. It's about how we make our own stories.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I picked this up at a used bookstore and it looks like it could be really fun.  And even if it's not (I tend to either love or hate books about books) it's short so shouldn't take me very long.


  1. Sounds like a good choice for anyone who loves books!

  2. I think I would love this book - glad you posted about it!

  3. This does look good. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. I like the sound of this! I wish that I had kept a book of everything that I have read.

  5. This is a pretty good book. I didn't love it, but I did like it. And it is a quick read.

  6. This sounds great! I'm adding it to Goodreads. 🙂

  7. I enjoyed this one a lot. I'd put it near the top of my list.