Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink: Book Review

If you’re one of those readers who feel lively in stories, has a profound devotion for book characters, dream to be in books, who explores bookshops and bookstores for the next good read, who love books about books, then this is the book to fall in love with.

Dear Reader is an endearing book about books and reading that I couldn’t put down. I devoured it in two sittings. Reading it was just like looking around enormous bookcases with a bookworm friend Cathy Rentzenbrink who keeps on recommending and sharing her love for books. It was such a gratifying experience.


It’s her memoir, her contemplation of what it means to be a reader, the power of reading, and what books do to us. She shares how books changed her life, how reading has soothed her soul in stressful times. She learned to get the better of her real-life terrible and saddening situations from the characters in her books. They provided her comfort and solace. Books taught her to face arduous times.

I’ve highlighted all the books she had read, quoted, and recommended. I loved all the book mentions, especially the ones related to Books about reading and Books about Bookshops. It’s an absolute treat for bookworms. If you will read a book about books this year, make this one because you’ll surely read it again.

This lovely book with beautiful cover is coming out in September this year.


Have you happened to read this book? Or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.




Title: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books

Author: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Publisher: Picador Books

Publishing Date: September 2020

My Rating: 4 stars

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