Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Far Far Better Thing to Do by Joelle Herr (Review)

This activity book was designed for book lovers, but I must specify that it was designed for book lovers of classic literature.

Book Details:

Book Title: A Far Far Better Thing to Do by Joelle Herr
Illustrated by: Lindsey Spinks
Category: Adult Non-Fiction,  112 pages
Genre: Games and Activities
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Release date: September 5, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

A Far, Far Better Thing to Do offers lit lovers 65 engaging activities to tease their brains and unleash their creativity, from word searches and mazes to crosswords, matching games, quizzes, and continue-the-story activities.

Nothing captures the imagination quite like classic literature -- the warmth of Little Women, the mystery of Dracula, and the heart-racing suspense of Moby-Dick have inspired generations of readers to get lost in the pages of these beloved books.

From coloring pages to connect-the-dots, the charming activities in this book infuse our best-loved texts with a fresh, modern spin and just the right level of challenge. Whether you're a bibliophile or bookworm, whichever moniker you prefer, get ready to appreciate the classics in a fun new way.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This activity book was designed for book lovers, but I must specify that it was designed for book lovers of classic literature. So if you've read but a handful of the classics and are more well-read with today's authors rather than those who are no longer with us, then you may struggle with finding the answers to the quizzes and trivias. But if you like learning new things about literature, then you will find the activities interesting.

So while some activities were super easy and could have been done by an 8-year-old, such as the mazes and connect the dots, others are difficult if you've never read the classics they are referring to in that particular quiz or trivia. However, I did enjoy learning interesting tidbits about the authors and titles presented. My favorite was matching quotes to books and the quiz on which authors served time in jail for various offenses.

Overall, like the book states, this activity book would be perfect for English majors and literature lovers, but if you're like me who's read some of the classics back in high school or college and can't remember the specifics, then this might not be a fun activity book for you.

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About the Author:

Joelle Herr is a publishing industry veteran, with a bookworm's love of literature. She has written abridgments of the works of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain, and is now the owner of Her Bookshop, an independent bookstore. Joelle lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. This sounds perfect for my mom - I'm going to look for a copy for her.

  2. Interesting. I'm *sort of* well-versed in the classics but mostly not. Ha ha. It would be fun to learn more, though, and this book looks like a fun way to do it. Great review.


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