An unexpected surprise for this book with a very à propos title. How many times have you tried to remember the answer to say a geography question andAn unexpected surprise for this book with a very à propos title. How many times have you tried to remember the answer to say a geography question and you thought to yourself in frustration: I used to know that!! I thought it’d be a bit dryish but far from it. This is the kind of book you want on your shelf if you’re one of those people who likes to look up fast facts that you “may” have forgotten from those bygone school days, but you never seem to have gotten around to getting it. Sure you can go to the internet to find the info too but this has some easy to understand information given in a fun way.
Presented as a hardcover that looks like an older style school notebook, it covers all the basics/essentials from English Lit to Math to Science and General Culture. You could of course buy some mammoth reference books on these subjects alone but what I liked about this book is that it’s easy to get the information, it’s not long winded and it has some really good charts like the periodic table of elements and a list of famous Brit authors with what they wrote and when. What I liked about the Literature part was that it covered American and British lit as well as some important world literature even if it was mostly from western Europe.
The math chapter was interesting because it answers some very simple questions that you may have totally forgotten and it also tells you why you were probably taught this stuff. Have you ever wondered why in the world they were teaching you the Pythagorean Theorem, well here you’ll get your answer ;-) Even subjects that you may not have been interested in school suddenly sound interesting. It’s all in the presentation.
This is part of a four book Reader’s Digest series (that I came across by complete accident) and what I’ve read of it so far had me buy them all. If you’re a reference book lover this will make a nice addition to the ever-burgeoning shelf :-) ...more
So let’s say you’re one of those people who’s not always 100% sure about whether to use either/or/neither/nor or maybe you go apostrophe happy puttingSo let’s say you’re one of those people who’s not always 100% sure about whether to use either/or/neither/nor or maybe you go apostrophe happy putting those little marks not only with contractions but for just about everything else thinking you’re making a possessive, or you’re a bit sucky in the punctuation department, irregular plurals perhaps (one dice two die or is it the other way around? Does that even exist!? LOL!) This is a great little book from the Reader’s Digest collection that will without a doubt help you avoid some very big pitfalls that the native English speaker makes in both writing and speaking.
Written in a light, fun way and never bogged down with grammar lingo that only a linguistics major could decipher, you’ll pick up quite a few memory aids and things that just may surprise you (like OMG you don’t say “a local resident” or “a new innovation”?!). Each chapter deals with a particular problem area with a catchy title to draw you in providing some good examples of common errors and how to fix them. There’s an interesting chart about groups like what do you call a group of dolphins –“a pod” and not “a school” like you would for fish. If that kind of thing interests you then you’ll find some cool tidbits in this book. If you’re learning the language even at an advanced level this book will also be very helpful because it goes through things like the various passive and active verb tenses and their conjugations, pronouns, conjunctions, common interjections and the list goes on.
Unfortunately I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating because I wasn’t sold on their explanation of when/how to use “I” and “Me”, one of the biggest mistakes around. Still found that confusing. Nevertheless it’s a solid 4.5 stars that would make a handy addition to any reference shelf. ...more
An excellent dictionary of the F-word. It includes a brief history and then in dictionary form it shows the myriad of expressions that are an off-shooAn excellent dictionary of the F-word. It includes a brief history and then in dictionary form it shows the myriad of expressions that are an off-shoot of it. It also indicates the origin of the expression, an example in a sentence as well as the year it became popular (when known).
A dictionary AND potential party pleaser, what more could you want ;)
A must have for the historical fiction reader so that you actually picture what it is the people are wearing from the braies to the jabots to the pantA must have for the historical fiction reader so that you actually picture what it is the people are wearing from the braies to the jabots to the pantaloons and pantalettes!...more
Excellent reference book with classical paintings and clear/ easy to understand explanations and descriptions. Nice to have three main areas of myth aExcellent reference book with classical paintings and clear/ easy to understand explanations and descriptions. Nice to have three main areas of myth all in one book....more