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The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) (Quick & Dirty Tips) Paperback – October 27, 2009

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This book deserves to be in your collection. For a quick question or a quick review, The Grammar Devotional is great. (The Writing Resource)

Every writer should have a copy of The Grammar Devotional by none-other than Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty. (Freelance Writing Jobs)

Fogarty walks her listeners through the sometimes-tricky subjects with a voice that is authoritative but warm. Kind of like the sixth-grade teacher you wish you had. (USA Today)

Delightfully droll . . . Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples. (The Los Angeles Times)

Fogarty . . . sparked what you might call a worldwide, syntax-driven fiesta. (Newsday)

At the root of all her success, of course, is a true love of language and grammar. (The Arizona Republic)

Fogarty . . . has become the country's go-to gal on grammar . . . Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things. (The Seattle Times)

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. Formerly a magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
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Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; unknown edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805091653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091656
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Neutron Lurver Reviews VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
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The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) by Mignon Fogarty, the Grammar Girl herself, is a must-have for anyone who loves grammar, diction, and the simple, proper use of words. Organized like a religious devotional, the book provides readers with a grammar or writing rule, factoid, or puzzle (word scramble, crossword, etc.) for each day of the year. The tips are quick, humorous, and informative. Because the book is organized in numbered weeks (e.g., Week 1, Sunday), you can start reading it anytime without having to wait for a particular month or the first of the year.

This devotional is best suited for those who already love grammar and who crave a daily dose of Grammar Girl's wit and wisdom. I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for a style manual or a book on writing technique, because it's not organized in that way. If you're looking for that, I would recommend Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

This little book is so much fun that my spouse and I look forward to reading the tip to each other every day, and I plan to gift a copy to my English professor parents for Christmas!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Droge on April 30, 2010
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I purchased this book after discovering Mignon's "Grammar Girl" blog, in hopes of improving my writing skills. Much like the blog, the entries are on random topics. I would prefer if the progression of entries was more structured, for instance beginning with simpler, more often encountered grammar rules and building to more obscure or complicated tips. The entries are very short, which is nice for reading a small entry every day, or just browsing through. I imagine the index will also come in handy for quick checks on how to use similar words.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Dennis VINE VOICE on May 9, 2010
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With wit and brevity, this book makes grammar fun! Just like a spiritual devotional, this book offers short, daily readings, usually just half a page. The book is organized by generic weeks so you're not restricted by a calendar. Rather, you can start wherever and whenever you want.

The author's love of language comes through in her content which spans from practical tips and rules to history, trivia, and games. Usually punctuation is on Mondays, Language Rock Stars on Wednesdays, quizzes and word scrambles on Fridays, word searches and puzzles on Sundays. Simple line illustrations add dry humor to the book.

The included index allows readers to search for specific content making this an valuable reference book as well.

Final Thoughts: I love it! This book offers an excellent (and easy) way to keep your mind sharp without drudging through long, boring exercises and seemingly irrelevant rules. We often forget what we once knew. This little book serves as a welcome reminder.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. McFarland on January 16, 2010
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As a college student studying linguistics, I have dozens of boring grammar and style books thrust at me constantly. "The Grammar Devotional" is one that I love because it's easy and fun to read. I've listened to the podcast for a few years and the quick and dirty tips have saved me many times in college.

This book is a must-have for anyone who has to write anything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Oak on March 13, 2010
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I look forward to starting my workday with Mignon. :-)

Many, many days I learn something new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maura on October 6, 2013
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I love this book! Fogarty has a fresh and realistic approach to English and to teaching. Finally someone points out the fact that there are still conflicting opinions (Elements of Style, Chicago Style Manual) and they are ALL ok. I teach English in Italy and her book has also given me some clever ways to explain things. I love my job, but there are times when you need a new, concise, and delightfully clever way of explaining things. This book has definitely given me a few ideas.

On a side note, this is also a great book if you've got obnoxious friends who are self-proclaimed grammar experts (You know who I mean, the ones who live to correct other people and they're usually WRONG.) Keep it handy when they're around, read a passage or two from the book, shout "boo ya! In your face!" and then proceed to do a short victory dance around the room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley D on May 15, 2013
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Loved this book! Similar to her podcasts, each entry is short and sweet, but full of information. Don't feel overwhelmed though! In her conversational and approachable tone, Mignon knows how to make grammar fun, and she certainly does that "The Grammar Devotional." Over the course of the year, each morning I looked forward to what I'd learn next. It's a perfect gift or investment for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2013
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I love this book and would give it five stars if it were better behaved on the Kindle; all of the exercise links go to a general exercise section instead of the specific exercise.

I don't really read it day-at-a-time, but usually three or four days worth in short sessions. It's perfect for the odd down-time moments during my day.
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