Book Smart

Book Smart

Your Essential Reading List for Becoming A Literary Genius in 365 Days

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a list of one hundred and twenty books in an arrangement based on the time of year, providing the reader with advice on how to approach reading and historical and thematical notes on each work.

McGraw Hill

Unleash your literary side--one great book at a time!

Like taking a private class with an engaging literature professor, Book Smart is your ticket for literary enlightenment all year long and for the rest of your life. Whether you're a passionate turner of pages or you aspire to be better-read, Book Smart expands your knowledge and enjoyment with a month-by-month plan that tackles 120 of the most compelling books of all time.

Throughout the year, each book comes alive with historical notes, highlights on key themes and characters, and advice on how to approach reading. Here is a sampling of what you can expect:

  • January: Make a fresh start with classics like Beowulf and Dante's Inferno
  • April: Welcome spring in the company of strong women like Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, and Vanity Fair's Becky Sharpe
  • August: Bring a breath of fresh air to summer's heat with comedic works from Kingsley Amis and Oscar Wilde
  • October: Get back to school with young people struggling to grow up in classics like Little Women and recent bestsellers such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • December: Celebrate year's end with big prizewinners such as The Remains of the Day and Leaves of Grass

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2008
ISBN: 9780071482714
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jun 09, 2013

This book is organized by twelve themes (one for each month of the year) with 10 books reviewed per theme. The author suggests that the reader select one book from the theme of the month. The objective is to read 12 or more books across these themes over a year. Each two page synopsis and commentary ends with a suggestion for further reading. It offers a good blend of 'classic' books as well as 'hidden gems'. The book has an index. The author suggests other strategies for picking from her 120 recommended books; and ways to find other good reads.

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