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More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself Paperback – August 21, 2012
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"A witty and illuminating blueprint to the habits and how-to’s of reading good books well."
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"...this book is much more than funny. He understands writers and what they are trying to do. This book crackles with insight."Star Tribune
"A wonderfully eclectic to-read list, Hornby reminds everyone how important it is to revel in the written word."Publishers Weekly
"Hornby is an entertainingly unpretentious critic; any reader would come away with a handful of book recommendations they’d be eager to check out."Kirkus
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The format is simple and irresistible. He lists the books he's bought (including books given to him or that he borrowed) and the books he's read in the past month. Then he writes about them and anything else that's on his mind for a couple of pages. It's less a column really, and more of a blog that has a casual and sometimes first draft feel. It's fun to compare what you've been reading to his choices and if you've any books in common, to see what he thinks about them.
In the past few years, he's made some changes in his reading patterns. He used to read a lot of contemporary fiction, and now he reads backlist items as well and more non-fiction. And since he's now an Academy Award nominated screenwriter, some of the books he reads are Hollywood-oriented.
Right off the bat, Hornby mentions a book I had started to read but gave up as potentially too depressing - David Kynaston's Austerity Britain. Hornby talked me into giving it another shot. It sounds like the kind of social and political history that Dominic Sandbrook and David McCullough do so well.
He reads biography, history, children's books, even a self-help title. He reaches back in time to catch up with Muriel Sparks' fiction and several Charles Dickens novels. Many 'books bought' never make it to the 'books read' column, including Babbitt and Peter Pan.Read more ›
After a nearly 1 and a half year break, the book picks up the first column in May 2010 to the last in December 2011. Hornby's humour is as sharp and effervescent as ever but more importantly his enthusiasm for reading and the books he's read is infectious. I think what made me like the book more was that this time around he picked books that weren't necessarily well known in the mainstream and consequently I wound up picking up some excellent titles from the columns, one of which I'm two thirds of the way through and enjoying the heck out of - "The Driver's Seat" by Muriel Spark.
Recommendations like "Book of Days" by Emily Fox Gordon, "Whoops!" by John Lanchester, and "Charles Dickens" by Claire Tomalin, are all books I wouldn't have heard of without him (maybe not the Tomalin) nor would I have felt the urgent need to read them. It's also enjoyable to read Hornby's reviews of books I've already read. Books like "The Anthologist" by Nicholson Baker, "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson, and "Huckleberry Finn" are all reviewed well (except "Finn" which is just one word - "meh". The Believer, which publishes these columns, doesn't believe in negative reviews so Hornby has to keep the pages bile-free).Read more ›
Oddly, I haven’t read much of what Hornby reads and I’m not inspired to go out and buy the books he reads, but (who knows why?) I’m terribly intrigued at reading about Hornby’s reading. Lots of biographies and classics and histories. Books about musicians and soccer players and politicians. I don’t read any of that. Almost never. But I still love reading about the books he has read and attempted to read and (even) given up on. Mysterious.
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This is a second volume of columns that Nick Hornby called "Stuff I have been reading" an interesting title based on a model where he reveals (confesses might be a better... Read morePublished 6 months ago by keetmom
It's really hard not to love Nick Hornby's writing. Good insights into new reading ideas.Published 7 months ago by Ian J
Nick Horby is a genius, and I love his reading recommendations - slowly working my way through his list. Thank you, Mr. Hornby!Published 16 months ago by Miranda Penn Turin
I read this book because it was the only Nick Hornby available on the eNYPL website, but I'm delighted to inform that it's a great read! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Blair Busbee
This book is a must read to anyone who loves books. Likes books. Ever read a book in his life. Because if you love reading - and even if you dont - this book will change the way... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by omer
I would give this five stars except that it seems to be an excerpt from a longer book, Ten Years in the Tub. If you have read that, this may be extraneous. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Vivian Gosey
Did you know where Elvis Costello and John Lennon got their iconic glasses from? Neither did I, until I read this. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Meg Sumner
I am sure that Nick Hornby is a real talent. It's just not my style - not sure if it's a British thing, or perhaps I am too dense, but I was never able to get into this book. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by KatieMae
I drew an unremarkable conclusion after I finished the latest collection of the Stuff I've Been Reading columns by Nick Hornby titled, More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Stephen T. Hopkins