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The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
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Aug 18, 07

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Recommended for: anyone who can't stop buying books!
Read in June, 2007

This is for the true bibliophile - for those I-can't-stop-buying-new-books-even-though-I-have-piles-unread-at-home types (a group to which I happily claim membership). Nick Hornby spent a little over a year analyzing his reading habits - what he bought, what he started and couldn't finish, what he loved - and each month printed an article in the Believer magazine with his musings. I was hesitant at first to read the collected articles because I though I'd have to have Nick Hornby's taste in books (whatever that is). What I found was a surprisingly insightful look at the love of reading. I found myself dog-earing pages to read passages on the phone to my father (my bibliophile role model), or to remind myself of books that sounded interesting (damn you, Nick Hornby, for encouraging my habit!). He really sums the whole thing up when he says, "I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal." Indeed. I highly encourage you to add this one to your collection.
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Edmund Davis-Quinn I got some great suggestions from this series of books too.


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