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Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  77 reviews
There are so many fantastic authors and great books out there that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Start Here solves that problem; it tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres--from classics to contemporary fiction to comics.

Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3- or 4-
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Published December 20th 2012 by Book Riot
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kat's Review

I started this guide thinking that it contained short passages or partial chapters from each author's most famous piece of work, designed to give the reader a taste of what the author brings to the table. Instead, the book reads more like a series of book recommendations one would receive from a good friend who is passionate about a particular author. The recommendations are personal, and written in a tone that makes one feel as though they are learning something not only about the
Tom Gromak
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My tendency is to read the same types of books, again and again. It's not that I'm unaware of the existence of other genres. I know that there are a host of wonderful authors just waiting to be discovered, and a zillion "best book" lists out there. I want to be in the know, and to broaden my literary horizons. It's just that I don't want to slog through mountains of information to find the good stuff - I need guidance.

This book fulfilled my need perfectly. It sticks to twenty-five stellar author
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Must Have Reading Guide

As a Book Riot fan, when they posted about this book, I IMMEDIATELY went on to amazon and bought it. The site is always full of great stuff for book lovers so I knew it would be absolutely stupid of me not to buy the book!

This is a very useful book to those who don't read that much and for people who are avid readers! As the title indicates, it's a starting point to reading book from different genres. I love the authors they've picked because while these authors are we
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was fun. It was like reading a lot of quick-hitter reviews, with solid arguments defending the order of the choices. As with any reviews, I wouldn't fall lock-step with virtually anyone in terms of where to start, but I did find the suggestions interesting. When this idea first came up on Book Riot, I started the Charles Dickens chain, and it was a good idea.

Most of the authors that I've already read, I have begun with the magnum opus, because I love giant books. But when I recommend books
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-on-books
I originally only gave this "book" 3 stars, but I'm amending that. It's certainly not the most riveting read of all time (even for a junkie of books-on-books, as I am), but I find myself referring to both "Start Here" volumns ALL THE TIME.

Whenever I've enjoyed an author, I check Book Riot to see what else they recommend from the author.

Useful, quick read. I hope they continue to publish more of these guides.
Brent Ecenbarger
Essentially this book is basically a few pages about 25 different authors with recommendations for the first through third thing you should read by each author. Well, I've been at this awhile and finally finished up. After Book Riot came out with the two volumes of this, I thought it would be fun to read the first recommendation for all fifty authors.

The best thing about these books was the diversity among the authors chosen; I didn't realize how many of the authors I read were white males unti
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’d Recommend to: Basically everyone in my fictional and non-fictional universes

My Review:
Well done, Book Riot. I’ve seen a handful of organizations put out products, and this is the first one I’ve purchased that is just a brilliant representation of the community. This isn’t a rehash of content already on the site with a few “new” bits thrown in (though Book Riot did have some cool “author pathways” posts leading up to this). You’ve got authors writing about authors, and you can feel the love.
Vicki Gibson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction to a variety of notable authors. This little book not only suggests the authors, but more importantly, the order in which you should read their work. For instance, if you want to try my favorite author, Gabriel García Márquez, don't start with One Hundred Years of Solitude! Start with his novella Memories of My Melancholy Whores, progress to Love in the Time of Cholera which is "a typical love story told in an atypical way", and then tackle One Hundred Years of Solitude ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good road-map for readers looking to get into authors' work. The chapters are all short, the reading lists as well (usually no more than 3 or 4 books leading from an accessible work to one that is considered a "magnum opus"). Tone varies between writer but most have a wonderfully earnest tone - they are each writing about beloved authors and the enthusaism shows.

I asked Rebecca why Toni Morrison wasn't included (since I was expecting a chapter from her on one of her favorite authors) - apparen
Lisa Eckstein
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
START HERE: READ YOUR WAY INTO 25 AMAZING AUTHORS is a fantastic guide to approaching potentially intimidating literature. The book, edited by Jeff O'Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky of the great site Book Riot, is a collection of essays from contributors who each champion the work of a different author.

Every essay offers a reading sequence through three or more of the author's works. A best known or most ambitious novel isn't always the best starting point, so there's a suggestion for a first b
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The lovely people at Book Riot put this gem together to help readers navigate their way through the work of 25 authors.

There are a few authors on the list that I have already read all of the mentioned books. That list includes; Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, and Edgar Allan Poe. I think that with each of these authors the suggested books are a great snapshot of their work.

There are other authors that I have read almost all of the work mentioned, like Ernest Hemingway
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Book Riot's Start Here series is fun to read both because of the promise of book recommendations (because having more books to read is always a positive thing) as well as figuring out whether or not some of the Rioter's recommendations match with yours for a particular author (because if they cover your favorite author the reviewer better agree with you as to what books are the best!).

The reading pathways vary greatly between which blogger is writing the chapter, from straight up reading sequen
Christopher (Donut)
The project sounds interesting, and when the price of the e-book dropped, I picked up this and the sequel: Start Here, Volume 2: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors.

The pieces here are breezy, but I can't say I was turned on to anything unexpected, or forced to reconsider an author based on what these folks had to say.

The drawbacks of fanboy/fangirl reviewing are on full display here. "Read everything by this author. It's all amazing" is not a helpful guide to where to start. Not that all the
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good fast read. As an English major I could have done without the Melville, Austen and Dickens ( what, ho, Tale of Two Cities not even mentioned?!) as their work is covered everywhere, ad nauseum. The sections on Italo Calvino, Sherman Alexie, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, and Colson Whitehead were great. I would have loved to have seen more, for instance Mark Helprin or Peter Matthiessen-- authors I hear about, but have no reading map for. On a technical note, the introductions were not pro ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, nonfiction
Interesting concept: there are some authors out there we've all wanted to read but have put off because we don't know where to start. This problem has been rectified in Start Here, which offers some helpful, straightforward guides. Each of the authors discussed features at least three books: a "start here", followed by the "and then" and finally, a "finish here". Compact tours through authors' oeuvres (why is this even a word too many vowels) that helpfully highlight major themes and topics of t ...more
I love Book Riot; it's one of the websites I check daily. So when Book Riot did a Kickstarter to produce a book full of chapters similar to my favorite Book Riot series ("Reading Pathways"), I had to back it. I'm one of those people who is really into books, but not as well read as I would like to be. There are so many authors whose work I want to tackle, but I just don't know where to start. Start Here is great for this (also, Book Riot generally) -- each chapter suggests a starting point for t ...more
Amanda Leavitt
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a helpful book for those who want to try new authors but do not know where to start. I am finding it extremely useful in my goal to read more books of substance this year. There are 25 different authors listed with the top three books that will help you take baby steps into their writing style. It is especially helpful when you are wanting to find someone who can give you book advice but none of your friends have read any of the books. I really like at the end of each suggestion where it ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
This is a great way to be introduced to authors who you probably have already heard about but their body of work is so immense that you are unsure where is the right place to start.

I backed this project on Kickstarter and am delighted with the results.

Each of the listed authors have a chapter dedicated to them - written by someone who is an avid fan of that particular author. A brief bio, an introduction to their writing style / subjects - and then 3 or 4 books listed to get you immersed into th
Lauren Matakas
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think what I enjoyed about this book so much was that for these authors, I've read at least one of their works (save for one which is on my to read pile), and having read them, I was better able to judge the quality or criticism in this book. I'd agree that a fair bit of vanity publishing is terrible, but this lovely little list book was wonderful, down to the "here's what you're getting yourself into with this work". Bookriot continues to do a wonderful job in the book blog world, and now I'l ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book as much as I have enjoyed reading the books that are recommended! I hope this is only Volume 1. When the Kickstarter project was announced I jumped right on it and due to a delay in completion I began to become extremely suspicious and I verbalized that suspicion. If Vol 2 were to be in the offing, I would be first in line to donate. And to assuage my guilt I would increase my pledge. This is a job well done.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I got some good ideas for new authors and books to read which was exactly the purpose of this book. It was also fun to compare my opinion of the best book(s) by a particular author or the particular order in which those books should be read with this book's opinions. Jane Austen's Persuasion should be in her top three, not relegated after Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. For Whom the Bell Tolls doesn't even make the Ernest Hemingway list? ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
To put it simply, if you have been wanting to read a lot more of the classics but have been intimidated by the variety and depth available, this is the book for you. It provides a short list of recommended works by recommended authors, why they're recommended and how you should approach them. Perfect for students of any age, rank, or station. ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book recommendations for a bunch of authors you've always wanted to read, know you should read, and/or may have been too intimidated to try. I added several books to my GoodReads queue based on picks in the book. ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
found this on the kindle daily deal. good write ups on suggested authors and best of their books. Re-familiarized myself with melville, atwood, dickens and others. good suggestion book for book clubs or vacation reading. one more book list of "to reads". ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is quite useful in introducing readers to some canonical literary authors. It's short, it has good advice, and it does it what it purports to do. There's not much else to say about it. Pick up a copy! ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. Several contributors wrote brief essays about their favorite authors, introducing the reader to that particular author. I gleaned lots of good to-read suggestions from "Start Here" and I'll definitely be holding on to my copy! ...more
Thomas Lawson
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a terribly helpful resource for lengthening my "to read" stack and discovering books I may have never even known existed. Highly recommended! ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept & helpful guide...glad I contributed to the Kickstarter to get this project funded.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2013
A great tool showing how to approach the classics. I backed this on kickstarter, and after receiving the paperback copy yesterday, I'm extremely glad I did. So informative! ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A perfect resource when you're wondering what to read next. It has a well-balanced collection of famous, familiar, obscure (imo), and seemingly-intimidating authors to pick from. ...more
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