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Una vita da lettore

(Stuff I've Been Reading (U.K. version) #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,073 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Libri ricevuti, libri recensiti, libri comprati e mai letti, libri che prima o poi bisognerà leggere, libri letti davvero, finalmente: un labirinto di letture di tutti i generi, dai classici alle biografie degli sportivi, dalle raccolte di versi ai graphic novel, dai romanzi appena usciti a quelli imperdibili dell'800... Schiacciato dal mucchio delle letture a cui non si ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca della Fenice, 280 pages
Published 2006 by Guanda (first published October 31st 2005)
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Paul Bryant
I had a breakthrough. You know, like you get after months, maybe years, of intensive therapy. The solution had been staring me in the face its often the way, isnt it. The thing was, the lowest shelf of my shelves of novels its actually the space between the real lowest shelf and the floor - was just too short. It was 8 inches, which is fine for most of the novels on this shelf but Cold Snap (Jones), Ulysses (Joyce), Lake Wobegon Days (Keillor) and The Collected Works of TS Spivet (Larsen) are ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book of book reviews. This is a book about book reading experience with some related things and comments on books read and bought each month (which are listed, along with books left unfinished... if the book was particularly disliked, they are left anonymous-looking: no negativity in these monthly things are allowed, which is a good thing). The time is from September 2003 to June 2006, though it's not every-month sort of thing. These appeared first on the "Believer" magazine. ...more
Books about books, whats not to love. Funny and enjoyable but skimmed some parts. ...more
The absolute BEST THING about this book is that each chapter begins with a list of BOOKS BOUGHT and a list of BOOKS READ, and you can probably guess which list is usually longer.

Though I've read and enjoyed three fiction books by Hornby, his tribute to reading left me feeling uninspired. I didn't add a single title to my TBR list. Maybe it's because he reads a lot of biography. Or maybe it's just because I don't root for Arsenal.

I still say, if you read only one book this year about a man
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, in-en, 2016
I'm holding Mr. Hornby accountable for many of the books I added on the to-read shelf in the past few weeks. And if you see me reading David Copperfield it's entirely his fault. But if I'll be listening to the audio book it'll be because, well, Richard Armitage.
Lord Beardsley
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not "people of letters"
Shelves: read2007
I read this book in one sitting. I'm a sucker for reading lists and talk about books in general. Nick Hornby writes in a wonderfully chatty, witty manner that makes this journal of his reading experiences hard to put down. This even made me consider reading David Copperfield and re-think the novel Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson (you'll be shocked to hear that one Nate!). My only small criticism is the magazine The Believer...I've long been skeptical of magazines like The Believer and ...more
Nick Davies
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I picked this up cheaply from a charity shop recently, having vague recollections of having read it a decade or so ago in a small park near the library from where I borrowed it. It was alas a disappointment and hence will be recycled back to a different charity shop.

This is a gathering-together of Hornby's columns of book reviews for what seems to be an odd kind of American literary magazine. In it, the author attempts to talk in more general terms about the experience of reading (as opposed to
While Nick Hornby is best known for his fiction that includes books like High Fidelity and About a Boy, some maybe familiar with his column in The Believer called Stuff Ive Been Reading. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is the combination of two U.S. titles from his column, The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs. the Dirt. The title is a reference to the Dallas choral rock band The Polyphonic Spree, a group with over twenty members in it. Hornby often describes the works of The Believer in ...more
Jun 18, 2018 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I like the idea of this book - an author sharing his reading choices and reflecting on them - but it's a bit tedious, and Nick Hornby seems to be trying too hard to be witty here.
Ahmed Hossam
The writer offers his readers a journey through books with a special touch of his own taste, and criticism without any sort of alienation.
I was totally enthralled by the exquisite concept that was illustrated at the beginning, which is how people approach reading from different aspects, in addition, he provides a great advice "Reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing", but the more I go deeper, the more I become reluctant to continue reading.
Anthony Peter
I imagined this book - a book about books - would be pretty good fun, and it was in places and not just when it referred to books I knew and hated or books I knew and enjoyed; but overall it boils down to a collection of book reviews and I didn't work out the circumstances under which it would be interesting to read them. So I ended up just belting through them and stopping to read the occasional paragraph. I also never worked out if the Believer and the Polysyllabic Spree were real, and, if ...more
Althea J.
Before there was GoodReads, there wasn't nearly enough discussion in my life about HOW we read. The thought process behind how one book leads you to another. Or how much our personal lives or moods influence our perception of what we are reading.

Polysyllabic Spree (or the version I read, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree)* is a collection of Nick Hornby's monthly columns in The Believer which chronicles his experiences in reading. Not just what he thought of the books he read, but the thinking
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I found hard to categorise. This is a collection of columns Hornby wrote for a literary magazine about a decade ago now. It's not book reviews, however, it's something much more interesting: it is a diary of his book purchasing and reading habits. There are sort of bare-bones reviews occasionally, and some extracts of one or two of the more interesting books, but it's mostly his thoughts about the actual reading process, how and why he selected particular books, and how he felt ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came just when I needed it but didn't know it. Picked it up in a supermarket while holidaying on Corfu. I love how Nick sees the world, how he writes and how he reads. The only bad thing, if you could really call it a bad thing, is that because of this book I have added lots of new books to my 'to read' list. He made me laugh, freaked me out and made me think. If you're a reader who never has time to read you'll relate to this book. It's also a good in between book if the other 10 ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially Nick Hornby's Goodreads page in book form (if Nick had a Goodreads page that is). Many of these I read when they appeared in the Believer. I am proud to say that I'm one of the people he's referring to when he mentions Powell's people talking him into buying Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness (pg 196). Ha!
And while I'm not interested in every book he writes about it, it's always fun to read what he thinks of them.
Vikas Datta
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who could have thought let alone reading books, reading an account of someone else reading books could be so fun, and Mr Hornby never disappoints with his rare wit..
Leonard Davis
Read whatever you want as long as you enjoy it.
Life is too short for your reading life to be boring.
Hornby is funny.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this is my second time ... :)
This is a book about reading books. It is a collection of monthly articles that Nick wrote for The Believer magazine basically about the books he bought and/or read each month. He is as funny if not funnier as a non-fiction writer and I enjoyed this book immensely.

Although it was quite odd, it didn't disturb me too much that the articles were written more than ten years ago and there were a lot of references to then-current events.

But the best thing about this book, I think, was the intro.(view
Mary Mav
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At a time before youtube and booktube came along, Nick Hornby, proving, as always, the pioneer that he is reminds readers the joys and sorrows and struggles of being a reader. He puts into perspective questions still unanswered like judging others for their reading material of choice and whether reading has become pretentious, whilst presenting how it like working in a literaty judgement free safe space with an ever changing number of employees. All that while giving us simultaneously ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is a delight for any reader---a treasure trove and a spoiler minefield for to-be-read piles! It is witty, easy-to-read and definitely relatable. Especially the fact about buying books faster than you can read them. I completely agree with Hornby that it is not just hoarding and the intention is more important---we do intend to read all of them, we just have not been able to get to it yet. Many of the pieces are also accompanied by little extracts from the books ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why am I reading book reviews written more than 10 years ago, about books that I've already read or have no interest in reading? Because Nick Hornby makes everything readable, in his simple way of putting things (simple to read, difficult to write, I'm sure). He never fails to be witty and entertaining. The good news is my reading list only grew to four more books after reading this.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a love letter to reading and an enabling wink to compulsive book-buyers, delivered with the sort of effortless humor your funniest friend throws into casual conversation. Worth the read, and I'll be making a booklist based on some of the books he mentions.
Blue Notebook
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One could write about something awful with less effect to the readers while the other could write about something awful by truthfully relating it to his own experiences no matter how madly suffered they are. And in Nick's case, he is the latter.
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually when a book lover reads a book about a book lover and their live of books it doesn't always end well.

Glad that isn't the case this time. Hornby is engaging and witty and a pleasure to be in the company of.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this collection of reviews. I was amazed again how many books I have never heard of, inspite of having been reading for almost 30 years now.
Evan Micheals
After the introduction, as the authors insistence, I stopped reading - I do not need to read another book about reading.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiano
While Hornby is pretty good at making it fun and pleasant, this is still a book reviewing a bunch of other books... not very exciting.
Surely useful if you're looking for something new to read though!
Mary T
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick Hornby is second only to my brother as a book reviewer!
Alienor Izarzugaza
Funny, witty... very enjoyable and makes you want to read all the books reviewed!
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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American ...more

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