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Start Here, Volume 2: Read Your Way into 25 Amazing Authors

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  15 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. Start Here Vol. 2 helps by showing you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide ...more
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published December 20th 2013 by Book Riot, Inc (first published December 2013)
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Melissa
Book 2!! I love how each contributor had a unique way of writing up each author.
C-shaw
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More short essays about famous authors, suggesting reading order and discussing style of each. This volume includes: Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland, Roald Dahl, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, William Faulkner, John Green, Ursula K. LeGuin, Colum McCann, China Mieville, David Mitchell, Alan Moore, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, Charles Portis, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, James Salter, John Steinbeck, Daniel Woodrell, and Virginia Woolf. ...more
Vicki Gibson
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Volume 1, in my opinion, but only because I was less familiar with some of the authors.
Brent Ecenbarger
Essentially this book is 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 until I underw
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Elizabeth Naranjo
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So you're at a party, and across the room is someone you've heard is really brilliant and interesting, and you'd like to get to know this person but you're kind of shy, so how do you start? You have a friend introduce you, of course, to break the ice. Here, the contributors at Book Riot help break the ice between you and some authors you may be too intimidated to approach. In my case that would be Salman Rushdie and William Faulkner. For you, it may be Jennifer Egan or George Orwell.

The way Sta
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Margaret
Jan 10, 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
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Nicole
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2013, owned
As a kickstarter backer, I was thrilled to receive my ebook of Start Here Volume 2 over the holiday break. Just like the first volume, this book suggests reading pathways through the work of some of the most well-known authors. This volume had more authors I hadn't heard of than the first, which I appreciated. Some were a but obvious - Read Animal Farm and 1984 if you're interested in George Orwell! - but others, like Jennifer Egan and Toni Morrison, were more nuanced, thoughtful, and interestin ...more
Phil Keeling
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up where the first tome left off, Start Here strives to essentially talk you into reading one author or another. 25 have been chosen, and several Book Riot contributors offer up an explanation of the writer’s greatness, including a list of books to start with. And in a world where there are just too many amazing novels, it’s a pretty great idea to have a reference to help get you through one prolific author and into the next. The first volume covered such greats as David Foster Wallace, ...more
Amanda
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book only took about 4 hours to read, including breaks for food, youtube, and chatting with family. Most of the authors featured in this book I was already familiar with and had added selections to my tbr. I did add several more books, and it was just interesting to read about authors and their work, and to observe the different ways people recommend moving through any author's work. There is a very wide range of authors featured, and several of them I doubt I'll ever read. But it's such a ...more
Jennifer Ochoa
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the first book, it offers a solid list of great writers to dig into. I keep this book and the first book on my Kindle as a "reference" book, a list of books I need to make sure I read at some point!
jenn
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fiftyfiftyme
"This is the kind of thing that may help to steer me from my 'trying to read every new book when it comes out' bad habit" she said, reaching for The Luminaries.
Liz De Coster
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, nonfiction
Another 3.5, though I give it a little more credit since I found the choices more intriguing.
Stéphanie
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See previous review.
Sandra
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-reading
So many books to read! I seriously love Book Riot and hope they continue to make these books ^_^
Lauri
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their literary catalog.
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