I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
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.  

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf Details

TitleI Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
Author
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherAbrams ComicArts
ISBN-139781419737114
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Writing, Books About Books, Humor, Nonfiction

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf Review

  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    A MUST for everyone who is a reader and/or writer!
  • Jessica Haider
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Bill Lynas
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Nat ⭐️
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • tushara
    January 1, 1970
    another book i will not use as a hat!
  • Michel Avenali
    January 1, 1970
    Adorably quirky, hits at the heart of what makes us readers.
  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Darth
    January 1, 1970
    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?
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  • Ame
    January 1, 1970
    Whimsically inspirational.
  • Hashim Alsughayer
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations that will please every reader. Enjoyed every page and panel.
  • Maggie Hesseling
    January 1, 1970
    OMG yes! This is a must have for any booklover, book hoarder, collector and addict. Wonderful illustrations, these comics really reflect the love of books.And yes... I judge your bookcase. ;p
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Bookworms unite. Who doesn't love a good book about us and how we feel about things like story arcs or character studies or ... our bookshelves. About authors. The lives of writers. It's an enjoyable dive that helps you reset and refresh all of the reasons why you love books and reading. There were several panels in particular (which almost amount to a series of vignettes) that were more vivid than others that I could completely relate to like the tribute panels to Rudine Sims Bishop about "book Bookworms unite. Who doesn't love a good book about us and how we feel about things like story arcs or character studies or ... our bookshelves. About authors. The lives of writers. It's an enjoyable dive that helps you reset and refresh all of the reasons why you love books and reading. There were several panels in particular (which almost amount to a series of vignettes) that were more vivid than others that I could completely relate to like the tribute panels to Rudine Sims Bishop about "books are..." or "A reader's blessing." It's super delightful.
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  • Shannon A
    January 1, 1970
    I loved all the literary comics. Some were from the point of view of the reader, and some were from the point of view of the writer. There were illustrated descriptions of phrases used in writing, as well as a good amount of work done throughout the book to show the technical side of writing and the emotional side of it.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, thoughtful cartoons on the love of reading and writing. I found myself bored from time to time by stereotypical ideas and conclusions. A lot of these felt like comics you’d see taped to the wall of your local library or the door of your English professor’s office.
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  • soleil
    January 1, 1970
    Inspiring. I love comics. ❤
  • Pogue
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the first half, the second half was meh.
  • Kiana
    January 1, 1970
    Good read but not really my thing
  • Brycen Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    This book was really cool!
  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quirky graphic novel about some of the things that both readers and writers do. It's a fast read. You can read the first section and figure out whether or not you are interested in reading the rest of it.
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Maybe if I was more of a writer, I would've appreciated it more but a lot of it felt very repetitive.
  • Ruin Your Face
    January 1, 1970
    It is difficult to decide if I must consider this a graphic novel or a sort of poetry. It’s the kind of book an eighth grade language arts teacher would recite to her class, while showing her students the doodles and drawings like a picture book. The kind of book that makes me question if I myself understand the very concept of writing. The only fact I can acknowledge any longer is Grant Snider is the Albert Einstein of literature. Children and adults alike would appreciate the delightful artist It is difficult to decide if I must consider this a graphic novel or a sort of poetry. It’s the kind of book an eighth grade language arts teacher would recite to her class, while showing her students the doodles and drawings like a picture book. The kind of book that makes me question if I myself understand the very concept of writing. The only fact I can acknowledge any longer is Grant Snider is the Albert Einstein of literature. Children and adults alike would appreciate the delightful artistic illustrations and poetic drops of wisdom being bestowed upon their puny minds. All humanoid creatures in our plain of reality would cower in fear of this magnificent yet relatable sort of writing. The poems and pictures detailed the triumphs and struggles of writing in an incredible manner. Those who read would believe this author read their mind due to his incredibly popular opinions. My only issue with this book, is I purchased it believing it would actually be able to judge me by the contents of my bookshelf. I was only disappointed for mere moments as I had begun to read it, before my eyes were stuck to it like glue. I could not quit reading. The pages enchanted me in a way that kept my curiosity flowing, and I just had to read more. There was no plot, no twists and turns, no fiction. Just the sort of thing I’ve been missing for quite a while.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun book of comics for those who love to read or who are trying to write a book. It had a bit too much of the latter for my taste, but I love the illustrated poems, lists, puns, and more devoted to reading, books, and grammar. Sometimes the illustrations reminded me of Richard Scarry--a full-page illustration with tiny titles and much to look at (this is the similarity, not the style of artwork). Most are traditional comics with panels. I cannot imagine a reader who would not enjoy flippi Such a fun book of comics for those who love to read or who are trying to write a book. It had a bit too much of the latter for my taste, but I love the illustrated poems, lists, puns, and more devoted to reading, books, and grammar. Sometimes the illustrations reminded me of Richard Scarry--a full-page illustration with tiny titles and much to look at (this is the similarity, not the style of artwork). Most are traditional comics with panels. I cannot imagine a reader who would not enjoy flipping through this. I am at 3.5 with this, simply because I lost interest in so many (and somewhat repetitive) pages on trying to write. But I could be convinced to give this 4 stars.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a neat little book for bibliophiles and book hoarders in mind. It had an endearing, whimsical style to it that really reminded me of Dr. Seuss at times, which all in all made for a pleasant read. I will say that only the first half of this book pertains to bookshelves, bookworms, and the like, while the other half focuses much more on writing craft and the struggles of writing your own book, which is something I don’t relate to as much, so I lost a bit of interest toward the second This was such a neat little book for bibliophiles and book hoarders in mind. It had an endearing, whimsical style to it that really reminded me of Dr. Seuss at times, which all in all made for a pleasant read. I will say that only the first half of this book pertains to bookshelves, bookworms, and the like, while the other half focuses much more on writing craft and the struggles of writing your own book, which is something I don’t relate to as much, so I lost a bit of interest toward the second half of the book. Overall though, a cute, fun little book to display on your bookshelf!
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  • Becci
    January 1, 1970
    What a gorgeous book! Buy this for all your booklover friends... And yourself!!I don't read a lot of this kind of thing but i loved this soo much.It made me laugh and smile and it just 'got me'.The illustrations are cute, quirky and colourful and the range of 'comic stories,' are awesome, perfect for readers and writers.This is a great coffee table book (feel so grown up saying that!) i'll have it out on display and its the perfect book to flick through, or pick it up for 10 minutes here, 10 min What a gorgeous book! Buy this for all your booklover friends... And yourself!!I don't read a lot of this kind of thing but i loved this soo much.It made me laugh and smile and it just 'got me'.The illustrations are cute, quirky and colourful and the range of 'comic stories,' are awesome, perfect for readers and writers.This is a great coffee table book (feel so grown up saying that!) i'll have it out on display and its the perfect book to flick through, or pick it up for 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read this. I thought this was going to be full of comics about being a bookworm. While there are comics about being a bookworm, there were more comics about being a writer. So I couldn't relate to a lot of it because I'm not a writer.I'd say it is 55% writing comics, 45% bookworm comics.It was cute. But the last quarter of the book, I just mostly skimmed because it wasn't about being a reader.Honestly, I thought the title and synopsis was misleading.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    First book I read on Hoopla - getting desperate for some graphic novels since I hadn't been able to use the library. I was looking for a quick read, but ended up lingering over many of the spreads in this collection. A must read for any book lover/obsessive reader. Actually, this isn't so much a book for every book lover as it is something that should be blown up and used as wall paper and posters and book shelf coverings. A book I'd actually like to have a copy of.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    There were pages in this book that I really enjoyed, but there were others that fell flat. I'm still glad to have read it. It was also the first book I'd ever successfully suggested the library to get (ebook edition), which granted me the privilege of reading it first when the book became available. Overall a 3-star book for me, with many 5-star comic though.
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  • Fantasy Geek
    January 1, 1970
    After attending a virtual signing of his I was interested in his books. Fortunately my mother bought me his book. I thoroughly enjoyed his poetry and illustrations. They where quite deep and can be taken with many different meanings. Not to mention all the relatable thing inside that all bookworms can relate too.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute, well-illustrated, quick read kind of a book. If you love books, you should at least look at this. You see all types of readers, writers, and bookshelves. I found myself depicted in quite a few of the illustrations and situations. This would probably be a great book for someone that loves books!!!!
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