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A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider   It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider   It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.  


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A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider   It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider   It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.  

30 review for I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    So funny. So true.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Comics about books. Loving reading. It's okay. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't really care for books that celebrate reading. I prefer actual reading. Reading actual books. Books that have the "plot" of "Yay, reading" bore me. I already know I love reading. I don't need to talk about it non-stop. I also disagree with the accepted premise that anyone who is an avid reader and loves reading must also write and desire to write a book. It's simply not true. Comics about books. Loving reading. It's okay. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't really care for books that celebrate reading. I prefer actual reading. Reading actual books. Books that have the "plot" of "Yay, reading" bore me. I already know I love reading. I don't need to talk about it non-stop. I also disagree with the accepted premise that anyone who is an avid reader and loves reading must also write and desire to write a book. It's simply not true.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    The Publisher Says: A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant The Publisher Says: A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages. BIRTHDAY GIFT! WELCOME SIXTY-ONE! My Review: My old friend Stephanie sent me this! W00t! I loved this. I love the collection! This resonates.... Too, too right, Grant Snider. I love his cartoons just as much as I love Tom Gauld's cartoons. I don't want either of them to stop cartooning for a very, very long time. Thanks, Stephanie! *smooch* And POWER TO THE PANGOLIN!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    A cure for reading slumps. How can I not possibly like this collection?! Let's say things are not new here and that everything in this book has been already illustrated or as is written everywhere, try arguing with me on this: readers have some things in common that even you and I cannot deny and it will never get old. I can relate with many of the things mentioned: the discovery phase, the hoarding phase, the never-satisfied phase, the confusion phase or the many 'problems' that we readers face o A cure for reading slumps. How can I not possibly like this collection?! Let's say things are not new here and that everything in this book has been already illustrated or as is written everywhere, try arguing with me on this: readers have some things in common that even you and I cannot deny and it will never get old. I can relate with many of the things mentioned: the discovery phase, the hoarding phase, the never-satisfied phase, the confusion phase or the many 'problems' that we readers face on a daily basis! The illustrations are just like comic strips. Absolutely adore them. I feel there are some areas where things get over exaggerated but that's how crazy people think and hence the overreaction in the description and the illustrations but we all know we love it when our kind speak for all of us. Kudos! I liked everything about the collection starting from the cover. However, I just wish the illustrations and the presentation were better. But I still like it and I am going to re-read it whenever I hit a Reading Slump. It helps!

  5. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    surprisingly pretentious

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    Sorry, Not Sorry. I drowned myself in books today to drown out the rowdy "temporarily schooling from home" kids. And this seemed like a perfect title for a book-filled day. So, while my 2 bundles of joy were attacking each other with water balloons in the name of completing a task on their Phys Ed Bingo board, I read this glorious little book full of short comics about the joy of reading and writing. I've seen (and probably even shared) a few of these comics before. As a book lover I find a lot Sorry, Not Sorry. I drowned myself in books today to drown out the rowdy "temporarily schooling from home" kids. And this seemed like a perfect title for a book-filled day. So, while my 2 bundles of joy were attacking each other with water balloons in the name of completing a task on their Phys Ed Bingo board, I read this glorious little book full of short comics about the joy of reading and writing. I've seen (and probably even shared) a few of these comics before. As a book lover I find a lot of truth and humor in these. I recommend this to any book lover looking for a quick light read. And to my local friends... this is currently available on HOOPLA, so check it out!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    For years, I have clipped some of the cartoons published by Grant Snider on the back page of The New York Times Book Review, as they are amusing. I have even framed some and given them as holiday gifts. I have a recent one (Reading Goals) taped to the wall, next to my computer. They are about reading and/or writing and will be appreciated by anyone on Goodreads. Light stuff, but appropriate for readers/writers of all ages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    3.5/5 stars A short enjoyable book for all book lovers that wonderfully illustrates the joy of reading and writing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    Don't listen to the mixed, embittered reviews... This book is a joy! I highly recommend this adorable, quick read to bibliophiles everywhere. This was a real pick-me-up and gave me something to relate to.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    A MUST for everyone who is a reader and/or writer!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I've seen a few of these before, and was excited to get my hands on the whole collection! Snider writes about being a booklover, a writer, and poet, and combines it with his tiny detailed comics in an utterly delightful way. I love how tiny and detailed his work is, and how much he loves language and the mechanics of writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    mary ⛈

    another book i will not use as a hat!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    Writer & artist Grant Snider is a very funny man. Here he explores many book related things in a wryly observant & witty style. Theses one or two page comics may be short, but they are very amusing. I especially liked the Fahrenheit 351 cartoon, which is a gem. Some of the pages focus on the difficulties of being a writer & offer amusing tips on how to beat writer's block & find inspiration. This is a nice light read that may not always make you laugh out loud, but it will bring a smile to your f Writer & artist Grant Snider is a very funny man. Here he explores many book related things in a wryly observant & witty style. Theses one or two page comics may be short, but they are very amusing. I especially liked the Fahrenheit 351 cartoon, which is a gem. Some of the pages focus on the difficulties of being a writer & offer amusing tips on how to beat writer's block & find inspiration. This is a nice light read that may not always make you laugh out loud, but it will bring a smile to your face.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tib

    I think this was more of a "it's me not you" kind of deal. I didn't find a lot of the humor all that humorous. The art was cute and I did relate to a fair bit of it. I didn't hate it, but I'm not going to rush out and buy it (read it on Hoopla. Thank gods for digital libraries).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gizem-in-Wonderland

    This graphic book speaks to my obsessive inner bookworm. It’s so relatable that I felt instant attraction to it, happy to have found a kindred spirit who is as weird about books as I am, living the same dilemmas I live. I loved the reader’s manifesto, the little confession part at the beginning, the beautiful fun drawings and the level of enthusiasm and fanaticism author presents. The author expresses his writer’s block with such an open hearted approach that I’m sure every aspiring novelist wil This graphic book speaks to my obsessive inner bookworm. It’s so relatable that I felt instant attraction to it, happy to have found a kindred spirit who is as weird about books as I am, living the same dilemmas I live. I loved the reader’s manifesto, the little confession part at the beginning, the beautiful fun drawings and the level of enthusiasm and fanaticism author presents. The author expresses his writer’s block with such an open hearted approach that I’m sure every aspiring novelist will find something to relate to. The way he visually describes famous authors and novels cracked me up! A heartfelt poignant read for bibliophiles and aspiring authors.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karishma Anika

    Some of the pages seemed like it was literally written for me. The writer touched all the phases of reading. In some cases it felt like she was exaggerating but what's creativity without some madness, right? Do you remember that quote about friendship, "i love those people who can make even the shortest journey to the supershop the most interesting one" ? That's exactly how this book made me felt. Witty, funny, relatable at so many stages. Also, those illustrations were extremely cute!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    A fun and original collection of one- or two-page comics that emphasizes everything a reader and a writer might feel or discover in their lives. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ A fun and original collection of one- or two-page comics that emphasizes everything a reader and a writer might feel or discover in their lives. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nat ⭐️

    Funny, short read. Most of the comics were perfectly formatted to be repost on social media websites—and I’ve definitely seen a few of them on Facebook and Instagram before. It became pretty repetitive halfway through but the book is so short anyway that it’s hardly an issue.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Very bookish this book lovers book will please a lot of us. I sure please me! I had to withdraw a star because it felt repetitive some time, but a fun bookish book. Always a win!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Cute enough, but it didn't do much for me. Most of them just felt like the memes that my mom finds on Facebook and texts to me. I found a tiny little Holden Caulfield in the Banned Book library comic though and that made me happy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nikita | thebookelf_

    A fun, quirky and interesting read. Loved the illustrations. I follow the author’s illustrations on Sofia media, but having it all in one place and reading it entirely was fun !!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darth

    I'm a little on the fence about this comic. I see that people really love it, but for me it was kinda pandering and pretentious. While I did like/relate to the part about writing/being a writer, the book reading stuff was what you might find coming out of mouths of women who only wear yoga pants and say "Live, Laugh, Love" as if it's the solution to all life's problems. Like, I get it, folks are bibliophiles, but I found a lot of the stuff in this comic to be book snobbish. Sure, maybe people do I'm a little on the fence about this comic. I see that people really love it, but for me it was kinda pandering and pretentious. While I did like/relate to the part about writing/being a writer, the book reading stuff was what you might find coming out of mouths of women who only wear yoga pants and say "Live, Laugh, Love" as if it's the solution to all life's problems. Like, I get it, folks are bibliophiles, but I found a lot of the stuff in this comic to be book snobbish. Sure, maybe people do actually judge others by their bookshelves, but I get the feeling that maybe the author meant it as a joke. Thing is, I don't think most people reading this took it as a joke. I think they took it as an affirmation that it's okay to be a downright jerk about books. Don't judge people by their bookshelves. If they're reading, they're reading, you know?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I regret reading this collection of cartoons in two sessions as I probably would have enjoyed it more at, say, a page or two a day. As it stands, with cleverness tending to the lukewarm and humor heavily reliant on puns, I wearied of reading it by the end. But it is all about books, reading, and writing so we'll give it a mercy star. For fans of Book Love and Reading Quirks: Weird Things that Bookish Nerds Do!. I regret reading this collection of cartoons in two sessions as I probably would have enjoyed it more at, say, a page or two a day. As it stands, with cleverness tending to the lukewarm and humor heavily reliant on puns, I wearied of reading it by the end. But it is all about books, reading, and writing so we'll give it a mercy star. For fans of Book Love and Reading Quirks: Weird Things that Bookish Nerds Do!.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michel Avenali

    Adorably quirky, hits at the heart of what makes us readers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Oh, man...balm to a stressed heart and soul. This book was written for readers and writers. We readers and writers absolutely recognize ourselves in these pages. I will return to this one and collect the clever word play, the writing advice, and the nuggets that only omnivore readers can appreciate. Oh, and, YES...I do judge you by your bookshelves. Just sayin'

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hashim Alsughayer

    Beautiful illustrations that will please every reader. Enjoyed every page and panel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    Blog I adored how relatable the illustrations were. Being a reader just got better. Blog I adored how relatable the illustrations were. Being a reader just got better.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    Yeah, so there are about a half dozen of these comics I want to buy as posters now. Snider's love of books and reading is infectious, and his love of puns and plays on words is right up my alley as well. The art here is just the right amount of detail. While not every comic hits it out of the park, I laughed out loud at this more than I have anything in a while. Some of it makes me feel a little bit art-snobbish, but I think anyone who comes to Goodreads is going to find a lot to like and to empa Yeah, so there are about a half dozen of these comics I want to buy as posters now. Snider's love of books and reading is infectious, and his love of puns and plays on words is right up my alley as well. The art here is just the right amount of detail. While not every comic hits it out of the park, I laughed out loud at this more than I have anything in a while. Some of it makes me feel a little bit art-snobbish, but I think anyone who comes to Goodreads is going to find a lot to like and to empathize with in Snider's relationships with books (and a goodly number with his relationship to writing). An unexpected but very pleasant surprise.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dan Allbery

    I loved this graphic novel/love letter to reading and writing. Every English teacher needs a copy of this book in their room. There are countless pages that would be great "lesson starters" to project for your students. Some of my favorites included: "Horror Story", "Enough", "Stages of the Reader", and "Can you spot the difference?" Recommended for all students and teachers of reading and writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mou

    "Well they should put that on the box" Ross Geller... The blurb and title gave me a notion that this book is solely related to the booklovers. But it's not. More than Half of it is about writing Though I like the charming artwork and some book-related humour, I believe this book is meant for the writers. Nonetheless, it's cute and suitable for a quick read.

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