The Trivia Lovers Guide to the World Review

Trivia Lovers Guide to the World

Has this ever happened to you? You go to the library with the intention of picking up a book or two from your ever-growing list of ‘to read books’. You even look up the call number, so you can get in and out of there in a reasonable amount of time. You walk with purpose to the correct section. Oh no. The pretty graphics and interesting titles have caught your eye. You begin to stray. Before you know it you have five books in your hands and you are spending an hour flipping through them all. This happens to me all the time, but sometimes it helps me find new books that I might never have heard about otherwise. One recent impulse book I picked up was The Trivia Lovers Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found by Gary Fuller. As a trivia lover with pitiful geographic knowledge, I knew I just had to read this book. Plus, one of the recommendations on the back was written by a map librarian at the University of South Carolina, so I had to check it out. Each chapter centered on a theme and was introduced by a short series of trivia questions that were then answered in the discussion that followed. The chapters were short, ten pages max, making this an ideal read before bed or while waiting on something, because you could finish a section in no time. The writing really was very accessible. Confusing vocabulary and obscure references were explained in insets, so I never felt lost while reading. All the time, while I was reading, I would stumble across interesting and surprising facts that I would have to share. For example, did you know that if you drive due south from Detroit you end up in Canada? True Story. I highly recommend this book for anyone with even a passing interest in trivia or geography.

 

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