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Book Smart

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

Mallison, Jane

(eBook - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 Global
  • Jane Mallison is the former head of the English department at New York’s prestigious Trinity School
  • More than five million Americans belong to a book club and members are always looking for new ideas
  • Consumers spend more than a billion dollars on books each year
  • Features “Book Smart Recommended Reading” sidebars that lead readers to similar books and authors


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

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


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Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c2008
ISBN: 9780071594318
0071594310
9780071594318
0071594310
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 10, 2013
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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