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Grab This Book and Get Ready To Never Forget Those Boring Grammar Rules
You can even find this book addictive at moments… there, I warned you; so be prepared
“Possibly the most popular book on grammar ever published.” —Writers.com
I just completed reading this book called Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide To Better English In Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner.
And don’t ask me if I liked it. Because the answer is No, I loved it! A lot!
How I Found This Book?
In short, thanks to Medium. I distinctly remember that I was once reading an article on Medium that talked about how to write and format better. And there was a discussion of this book.
It held my attention at the first sight.
Because, first of all, my grammar isn’t that good. You can easily find a couple (or dozen, well it depends, right?) of grammatical errors in my older and (some) recent pieces—well, that’s a progress, I guess. No?
Although, I’d give myself a pat on the back as I know I’ve become a lot better in this area lately, thanks to a lot of writing online, on Medium. Okay, enough of self-appreciation.
A grammar book with a difference
I find every grammar book that’s ever been taught in my school syllabus boring. I’m 15, so yes, I’ve still gotta read them.
They all contain the same boring information presented in a boring style to kill the students with boredom.
I hated studying it. But it’s not an option, especially if you love writing and English ain’t your mother tongue.
That’s why, to spice up the boring grammar a little, I bought this book.
And reading it hasn’t disappointed me at all
Overall, it’s a light read. And that’s what I liked about it.
This isn’t some thousand page book that’s purpose is to make you a sophisticated grammarian.
No. It’s practical. Almost all of the rules discussed in the book are simple and straight-forward. It’s jargon-free to a large extent.
And the humurous style that the author has of presenting, even mundane topics, takes it all to a next level.
So, it’s very likely that you’ll never get bored reading this no matter whether you’re a new comer or an expert in the field.
Try not to laugh loud
There has been multiple moments while reading this book that I wasn’t able to hold my laughter. A chuckle kept escaping every now and then.
First up is the amusing way of titling the chapters.
For instance, there’s a chapter on punctuation called “Comma Sutra.” Another chapter, “Verbal Abuse,” was all about verbal grammar, homophones and homonyms, vocabulary in general.
So try not to laugh loud while reading. Shhh!
Before I finish this post, I want to say one more thing:
You’re not going to find a better, more engaging, more humurous, more sophisticated without being only theoretical, more straight-forward grammar book—and overall a hell of a read—anywhere else.
So go for it.
Visit the book’s page at Penguin Random House here. (not an affiliate link.)