Book Review & Giveaway: Unlocking Worlds by Sally Allen

Unlocking Worlds

Book Description

Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.

In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately—and compassionately—can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection. Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.


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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

As an avid reader, I enjoyed Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers. Since reading is a personal experience for each of us, whether we like a book or not is subjective. Sally Allen explains what she feels will be found in a “good” or “great” book.  

Most of the chapters in Unlocking Worlds are by theme and Sally Allen lists and discusses some of her favorite books. This is a great resource for anyone who is looking for something new to read. I know there are a few in it that are going on my TBR (to be read) list. 

Chapter 17 is my favorite chapter. What do you do when you don’t have a good book that you’re reading at the moment? Or what if you’re overwhelmed by all of the books that there are knowing that you can never read all of them? She gives some good suggestions in Chapter 17.

Any book lover will like Unlocking Worlds which is all about books and those who read them.



Author’s Bio

Sally AllenAward winning writer and teacher Sally Allen holds a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature. She teaches writing, literature, and communications, leads book group discussions, and is the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.


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3 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Unlocking Worlds by Sally Allen

  1. Sandra Watts December 2, 2015 / 9:41 am

    I would like to win because I think it sounds good. Books unlock worlds for sure.

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  2. Sally Allen (@BookishinCT) December 2, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review my book! I’m so glad you liked the ideas for what to do when you’re overwhelmed. That was a fun one to write because it made me really think about how many ways there are to engage in the world of books. 🙂


    • sleepygirl2 December 3, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      I did. I feel overwhelmed often. I wish I could read every book I’m asked to review but it’s just not possible.


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