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A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year Tom Nissley Joanna Neborsky A Reader s Book of Days True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year A witty and addictively readable day by day literary companion At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading A Reader s Book of Days features bite size acco

  • Title: A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year
  • Author: Tom Nissley Joanna Neborsky
  • ISBN: 9780393239621
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year Tom Nissley Joanna Neborsky A witty and addictively readable day by day literary companion.At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader s Book of Days features bite size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of heA witty and addictively readable day by day literary companion.At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader s Book of Days features bite size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included the birth of Harry Potter s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood soaked prom in Stephen King s Carrie.A Reader s Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Bronte sisters, Junot Diaz, Philip K Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W G Sebald, Dr Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky.Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader s Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.
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    1. This book was a giveaway.Tom Nissley s compendium is a fun addition to the library of anyone who has interest in authors or the craft of writing Filled with snippets of information, it can be read in one sitting or broken down by days Lots of surprising tidbits are sprinkled throughout Jane Austen grumbling to a publisher about a manuscript kept for six years, poor sales figures for the first and second printing of The Great Gatsby, the unexpected connection between William Saroyan and Alvin the [...]

    2. This is not a book to read from cover to cover, but good coffee table or reference book there is a handy reference index by author or booktitle in the back Some tidbits were super interesting, while others not so much to me I found searching for facts by my favorite author the best way to read it.

    3. I won this book in a Giveaway which didn t influence my review.When I saw A Reader s Book of Days offered in a giveaway, I entered to win a copy because I was eager to read a fun and informative book offering trivia about literary figures, past and present And while I enjoyed some of this book and learned a few things along the way, the book fell short of my expectations It was not user friendly and it was filled with many mundane entries that I felt were a waste of my time The copy I read was a [...]

    4. Disclaimer I received this book as a giveaway on the premise that I would review it My review is based on the Advance Reading Copy there may be small changes in the finished product.Unlike most of the books I review, I have not read every word of this volume, though I certainly intend to The format is a page a day of births and deaths of authors, interesting incidents in writers lives and fictional events that happened on that day In addition, there is an introduction to each month, and a recomm [...]

    5. I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book to review It s not the kind of book you pick up and read from cover to cover, so I have to admit that I haven t read the whole thing There is an entry for each day of the year, so naturally, you pick it up and read what literary events happened on your birthday Some are quite interesting, and some are unbelievably dull In the introduction, the author discusses how he spent a year just combing through books to find any references to dates, and that [...]

    6. This book just arrived in the mail from I am the oh so happy recipient of this Firstreds book Haven t read it cover to cover as I want to read each entry on it s designated day I have flipped through and chosen a few blurbs from significant dates for me I am really looking forward to beginning each day with a good cup of coffee and this book It already has a designated home in my library

    7. I didn t read this book as intended by the author It took me two years to read it Once I finally incorporated it into my daily reading, it was a joy It is full of facts and fun tidbits about books my favorite Plus each day had a few author s birthdays A good read for any Jeopardy fan I m going to pass it along to another bibliophile I know, so he can start the new year right.

    8. I received my copy via GoodReads First Reads Giveaways thank you Obviously I haven t finished this one yet, as I just received it today, but I did read the introduction and today s entry and I can tell that I m going to love this book Excited to work my way through the year

    9. Eh, it was OK Some entries were too cleverly constructed clauses within clauses that didn t make apparent why a particular anecdote was chosen for that day Not easy to read in long stretches.But I did find out that PD James and I share a birthday.

    10. Perfect for any bibliophile or historian in your life Author Tom Nissley, eight time Jeopardy champion and former bookseller brings stories anecdotes from authors and time periods to life in this brilliant book Fun, fascinating and enough facts to make you sound quite clever in any situation.

    11. Really enjoyable if you like trivia and or all things bookish I caught one glaring error, however, in that the author referred to Stewart O Nan s magnificent novel as The Last Day at the Red Lobster The correct title is Last night at the Lobster.

    12. November in the anti April gray and dreary, the beginning of the end of things rather than rebirth It s the month you hunker down that is if you don t give up entirely Page 343 The above comes from the introduction to the month that also happens to be the month of my birth I looked this up following the pattern of many readers according to the author, Tom Nissley in his introduction to his book, A Reader s Book of Days He says most readers will investigate their own month and date of birth befor [...]

    13. I have no better nor reliable nightstand companion than Tom Nissley s A Reader s Book of Days, which presents a variety of literary happenings for each day of the year At first I thought I would limit myself to reading the entries for that particular day But the anecdotes and incidents are too fascinating, and soon you find yourself paging through other months and days for stories that are moving, interesting, or just plain quirky A sampling Take January 24 In 1922, Ezra Pound becomes the edito [...]

    14. What a great idea for a book I flipped straight to the entry for my birthday, then went back to the beginning to read the whole thing through A Reader s Book of Days is stuffed with interesting little stories about authors and their books, and there s a lot that s been added to my to read list.My one criticism is the lack of diversity Obviously I didn t count or make a spreadsheet or anything, so I m guessing ratios here, but it seemed like 90 % of authors mentioned were from North America or Br [...]

    15. As the author notes in his Foreword this book can be read many different ways As it a book with an entry for each day of the calendar year one can follow the calendar by reading an entry a day, one can just open the book and find a date birthday, anniversary, etc and read the literary notes for that day, or one could of course read this just like any other book beginning to end in a few days or weeks I have chosen option 1 but have decided to review the book now as it seems best to let people kn [...]

    16. I have been reading this book one entry per day for 2 months now and I am afraid I have to say it isn t as good as I had hoped it would be It is rather dry and the author discusses very few authors that I have even heard of I will keep reading hoping I find things that interest me First, I do need to say that I have not read this entire book It is a book that was meant to be read over many days 365, to be exact The author has compiled tons of information about all things literary and put it in [...]

    17. Tom Nissley s A Reader s Book of Days is an odd, yet intriguing book It really defies easy description On its surface it is a book of author trivia arranged by the days of the year But the nature of that trivia is what sets it apart Nissley, who would rival fellow Washingtonian Nancy Pearl for his vast knowledge of books, finds a variety of ties to a particular day the day a book came out, a book review, an incident in a book that happened on a day with a particular eye for the ironic quote or i [...]

    18. After receiving this book as a Christmas gift from my husband in 2013 a book he knew I didn t have because it had just been published I put it on the bedside table, to read a little every night That workedmetimes Sometimes I did have to catch up on several days at a time Now that I ve finished it, the book will stay by the bed to dip in and out of at will.Tom Nissley s project is a dream for any book lover collecting bits of book related information for every day of the year The book is broken d [...]

    19. I won an advanced copy of A Reader s Book of Days from a giveaway.Let me first say that I can only imagine how fun this book was to research and write Scouring through biographies, journals, and books to compile noteworthy events sounds like a dream job I m sure Tom Nissley now has an almost encyclopedia like knowledge of literary chronology, and I could feel his enthusiasm for the project oozing from the introduction.When I got into it though, the book was very broad A narrower scope would have [...]

    20. Tom Nissley, former Jeopardy Champion and Omnivoracious blogger, compiled an astounding amount of interesting literary trivia into this book of days Each day of the 366 includes births, deaths, and an assortment of odd facts spanning a wide range of literature from the obvious authors like Shakespeare, Dickens and Melville, to Kerouac, Hemingway, graphic novels, baseball books, and literary reviews While the research is impressive, the dispassionate, stilted, impersonal and convoluted writing st [...]

    21. I should have known better than to waste my hard earned money on this book it is exactly what it purports to be, a book of trivia, most of it utterly insignificant, and far too much of it about American authors that I ve never heard of, probably for good reason There were occasional items of interest, but reading the book in chunks each month over the course of a year, I ve forgotten what they were The only thing I will remember is that Aldous Huxley died on the same day as President Kennedy, an [...]

    22. I intended to read this book page a day style, sticking to the current day s entry But paging through and reading randomly, or checking my birthday entry, anniversary entry, etc has proved irresistible Each month s chapter starts with an annotated list of seasonally fitting books, and I ve enjoyed discovering new items for my to read list Each daily entry then lists two author births and deaths and a page full of fascinating nuggets about the literary publications, events, scandals, and factoids [...]

    23. A Reader s Book of Days is the perfect, must have book for any true book nerd Nissley does what his title promises, presenting one page, devotional type meditations on events that happened on that day Some are real events authors births or deaths, dates books were published, letters written on that day, etc and others are events in fictional books Two things make the book even extraordinary First, Nissley has apparently read everything He touches on all kinds of books from all over the world an [...]

    24. Many delicious factoids literary gossip porn How difficult the categorizing and winnowing task must have been.Charming promo video ephemeralfirmament.typepadtes ix typo Dr Johnson to Mrs YHRALE Should be Thrale 295Johnson s birthday thoughts on turning 6018Renata Adler response20Sterling Hayden100 ton schooner memoir Wanderer23Londonwhen I have 1000ad, read25Johnson on Ossian383Dec 4Dangerous Liaisons each of us possesses what we need to ruin the other, and that we must mutually consider each ot [...]

    25. Full disclosure The author is a friend However, I loved A Reader s Book of Days and I think that the WAY that I read it made all the difference I read it each morning at breakfast with my granola and coffee If you are a book lover, you are probably reading something before you go to bed already anyway so this would only cut into prime book time, right But in the morning if you are gainfully employed and have to report somewhere , you don t want to get hooked into anything that might make you lat [...]

    26. I won a paperback advanced reading copy of this book through and found it to be very enjoyable It is a step above the usual day at a time calendar with any number of unusual facts and notes on many authors that I love and some that I have never encountered I can appreciate all of the detailed work that went into extracting all of this data and arranging it by the most appropriate day I have not read it cover to cover but enjoy reading each day as it comes up and also enjoy skipping around to the [...]

    27. I received this book free from the Good reads first reads program I am so looking forward to reading this I just got it today and I am really excited to start each day reading this book I may change my review when I get done but for now I am just excited to read it I have now been reading this book for a couple of months now and I love it It has become apart of my daily routine reading interesting tidbits about books that I didn t know You can tell there was a lot of thought and care put into th [...]

    28. My friend gave me this book a few days ago, and I must admit I ve had a lot of fun with it I posted about it on facebook and told friends to give me their birthdays if they wanted to know all the literary goodness that happened on them, and you d be surprised at the overwhelming amount of responses I got I had so much telling everyone all the juicy literary details that happened on different days This book is definitely not something you d read cover to cover, but for looking up different things [...]

    29. This is a really fun book It s not the sort of book you want to polish off quickly in several sittings I finished this book over the course of about a year and a half I recommend reading this in whatever order you want i.e read your birthday first and go from there It s most enjoyable to pick up and read this before bed or when you have little bits of time to yourself If you are a book lover, you have to buy this book I d say I didn t know half of the novels writers covered in this book, so if y [...]

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