The Polysyllabic Spree, by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is a fun author who wrote High Fidelity, About a Boy and How to Be Good. This is a short collection of 14 months of his essays from the Believer magazine. In each essay, he lists the books he purchased that month, the books he actually read, and ties them all together in a sort of stream-of-consciousness narrative. He’s open and honest about it — he always buys more than he can read; he often doesn’t finish things he starts. It’s interesting to see how he moves between different styles and subjects. Sometimes he reads only a given author in a month (he read all of Salinger’s work in a week). Sometimes it’s just a random variety. Anyway, kind of fun to read but nothing too tremendous.

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