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The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 25 to 29, 2012

Like Hornby, I don't necessarily like being recommended books to read. But, I do enjoy hearing people talk about the books that they love, especially when that person is as witty, funny, smart and well-read as Hornby. As if I didn't already love Hornby enough (one of my favorite writers, the author of at least one of my all-time favorites and plenty of other books I have greatly enjoyed) reading his essays about the books he has bought and read over the course of fourteen months [a concept that in itself seems a tad boring] was immensely enjoyable, introducing me to at least a couple of books that I will undoubtedly buy in the near future (whether I read them or not isn't really the point, though, right?) and made me laugh at loud more than once. For a writer to be so realistic about the act of reading and buying books, how it's sometimes seamless and easy and enjoyable and other times you're just glad to finish a book in order to add it to your "read" pile and slightly unwillingly trudge on to the next one was so refreshing. Also acknowledging within pages of each other that books are the greatest thing ever, not at all comparable to even the greatest music of films we can think of ... to only retract this statement after he put off reading for a month full of art exhibits and football watching was an even better moment. Hornby's books have always been down-to-earth and easy to relate to and his essays (I have previously read Songbook, his book about music) reveal that his just the same -- once you're done you almost feel as if you have been hanging out with Hornby for a while, just shooting the breeze and talking about the books you've been reading like a couple of old friends. I look forward to catching the rest of the essays in this series and hanging out with Hornby some more.

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