As a self-confessed readaholic, I was immediately drawn to “Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. What did the author mean by this title? What would her story be about? Who could consider reading a ruination of life? After asking myself these questions, I, of course, HAD to get the book.
While reading Schwartz’s book, I felt wrapped up in a warm blanket. So many times, I thought “Wow. That’s me.” Without preaching, Schwartz understands and imparts in circular thought how those of us who read almost compulsively and obsessively feel. The story of her love affair with books in some ways reflects how I feel about my reading and it was nice to realize that I’m not alone in my ‘illness’.
In the end, I think the title is meant to grab the attention of those who will appreciate its sometimes sharp and biting humor and irony. Everything we read changes us in some small or not so small way. And those of us who read in volume do indeed live ‘a life in books’.