A few months ago I read Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence, which is a book of letters this librarian wrote to books she read over the years. In the spirit of this book, I wrote my review of it in the form of a letter and had so much fun. The review felt more personal than all the other reviews I had written over the years because I could more fully explain the context in which I read the book and how that impacted my thoughts on it. I’ve always associated certain books with certain memories–reading The Fellowship of the Ring in the back of my dad’s truck the summer before sixth grade, reading Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman while traveling abroad, and reading Watership Down in the wake of a break up. Some people can hear a song and remember where they listened to it the most, but for me that feeling has always been the strongest with books. And now I’d like to share that with you all.
In 2020, I’m planning on writing all of my reviews in the form of letters to the books themselves. Through these reviews I hope you’ll understand a bit more of the context in which I read these books as well as deeper insight into how I connect with what I read. My hope is that I’ll be able to review books I’m reading in 2020 for the first time as well as books that I read in the past that would lend themselves to being written about in the form of a letter.
I’m so excited for this little experiment! I hope you enjoy it!
Have you ever done something like this? Any suggestions of which books I’ve already read that I should write letters to? Have you ever read Dear Fahrenheit 451? Let me know in the comments section below!