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Ten Years in the Tub
Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books | Nick Hornby
Culling the best of his monthly column "Stuff Ive Been Reading" in The Believer magazine, the bestselling author presents hilarious observations on a vast array of topics, and provides a wide-ranging reader list that serves as a reminder as to why we read. 30,000 first printing.
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arubabookwoman
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I‘ve read (and loved) a few books of Nick Hornby‘s columns on reading. These were responsible for several obscure items on my Kindle, I.e. #AusterityBritain. This book collects all his columns into one volume. The quote above illustrates the bibliophile‘s dilemma—the impossibility of reading all the good books published in the last 6 months, much less from the more distant past. All I can do is fill my shelves with good books.

Liz_M I LOVE his Believer columns! I have the individual books rather than the 10-year volume. 😍 3w
arubabookwoman @Liz_M I read a few of his other books, probably from the library since they're not on my shelf, so I was glad to find this complete collection. I love his snark, and his ability to make the most unpromising books sound intriguing. 3w
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SW-T
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With each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.

Books are the fullest expression of self. We are our books, the ones we struggle with, the ones we put down and the ones we can‘t, the ones we still hope to read, and, of course, the ones we love. That, more than anything: the ones we love.

ApplesandSpindles I LOVE his Believer column/books about read I g 4mo
SW-T @ApplesandSpindles This book is a collection of ten years of his column 😊 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @SW-T Yes! I have it...and all the books before it. Like I'm a groupie or something. Lol! 4mo
SW-T @ApplesandSpindles We‘re all book groupies in some way or other 😊💕😂 4mo
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...when it‘s going badly, when books don‘t stick or take, when your mood and the mood of the book are fighting like cats...

Like his ground rules. Don‘t point out how much money he spends on books, many of which he‘ll never read. Some of his friends are writers, so he‘ll write about their books. Don‘t tell him he‘s showing off. Sometimes things are slow and he can read more than usual. Lots of reading is just lots of reading, not bragging.

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LeslieO
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Yes! 😂

rjsthumbelina I read this out loud to my husband, and you should have seen the glare I got! 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
LeslieO @rjsthumbelina Ha! it was the "desire for more" part wasn't it? 11mo
rjsthumbelina @LeslieO that and the "thousands"! Lol! 11mo
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LeslieO
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The Nick Hornby books based on his column in the Believer "Stuff I've Been Reading" is what made me start documenting not only books I've read, but also books I've purchased. I keep a monthly list. Since I believe that buying a book and reading a book are two separate pleasures I try not to stress over the number purchased vs number read!

LeahBergen True. They ARE separate pleasures. 😄 11mo
Tamra I like the idea of separating the activities. 😁 11mo
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Fortifiedbybooks
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My Whole Health coach told me about Green Apple Books, so of course I had to check it out. It just might be my new favorite 😍📚

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Faibka
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Looks like an interesting read

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Zelma
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This is making me happy right now: my pile of boys in my reading nook, with coffee and Nick Hornby essays. I may not leave this spot all day.

#Shippy @MinDea

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love getting a chairful of cats 👍❤️ 1y
rubyslippersreads Sounds like a perfect day! 😻😻😻 1y
readordierachel So many kitties! 1y
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Zelma @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled the only improvement has been Doggie now sitting on my lap. 😉 1y
Zelma @rubyslippersreads so far, so good. 👍 @ReadOrDieRachel heh, we are crazy cat people (but not too crazy)! 1y
readordierachel Nothing wrong with that 😻 1y
blondie I wouldn't either! Cats and books are the best ♡ 1y
Soubhiville 😍🐱! 1y
MinDea Oh my goodness!!!! Sooooooooo cute! 1y
CouronneDhiver Awww ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Simona Waiting for bedtime story ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
Zelma @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @rubyslippersreads @ReadOrDieRachel @blondie @Soubhiville @MinDea @CouronneDhiver @Simona just to update you all, we are all back in the same spot this morning, except Radar switched to the other arm and Doggie snuggled on my lap. We are all creatures of habit! 😂 1y
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Zelma
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What a fun giveaway @hermyknee ! I love me some #coffeecoffeecoffee and especially in big mugs. 😆 I reread this collection of essays every year or two. And I got the mug to commemorate my wedding in Vegas. Obviously I have other lovely keepsakes and memories, but I do love this mug.

LeahBergen I ended up ordering this book. 😆 (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola Love this series. 😍😍 and also the story behind your mug. 1y
Zelma @Reviewsbylola thanks! 😄 1y
Zelma @LeahBergen yaaaaaaay! 👏👍 hope you like it. 1y
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Lcsmcat
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When I #needtochasestressaway nothing beats a bubble bath and a good book. #survivingDecember @writerlibrarian

mjdowens Amen! This is my nightly ritual 2y
writerlibrarian Yep. Just did that with Leon's Brunetti. Bubble bath is one of those essential things. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I stopped at the library tonight for a warm place to read until it was time for yoga, and ended up checking out this. I‘ll never have time to finish it AND everything else I‘m reading, but I‘ll get to sample it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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LectricSheep
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Okay I'm coffee-- I mean, I'm ready. #deweys24hourreadathon #readathon #springcleaningreadathon

tpixie Cute mug! (edited) 2y
Lissa00 Nick Hornby's column is the best! 2y
RealLifeReading Fun read! 2y
Reviewsbylola Yesssssssss! One of my favorite series ever. 2y
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AMVP
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#marchintoreading day 6 - Happy Reads

The collected writings of Nick Hornby for The Believer; got more than a few reading recommendations from this book over the years, and needless to say it makes for a great read itself. The focus on only good books served me as a kind of precursor to @Liberty 's #AlltheBooks podcast.

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LauraJ

Here we go. It's going to take me months to finish this because Hornby will mention hundreds of books that I will want to read. It will start with our mutual love of Dickens. I'll be so distracted by the need to read Dickens that I won't want to touch the dozens of unread books sitting in my apt. And so on... #blameitonLitsy or more specifically, @LectricSheep who sent me Tub. Little does she know that she's created a monster! #marchintoreading

Reviewsbylola This is one of my favorite series ever. Enjoy! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Love Nick Hornby's bookish writings!! 2y
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LauraJ
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Here's some of my #MarchTBR. Forgot to add March Vol. 2 & 3. D'oh!
#marchintoreading

Reviewsbylola Ten Years in the Tub is so good. I'm obsessed with "Stuff I've Been Reading". 2y
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Beckys_Books
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I decided to mimic Nick Hornby's columns and track books bought and read. My resolution is to read more books from the library and read the ones I purchase. Although it looks like I bought several books, I actually spent less than $30. Trevor Noah's book was the best of the month. I was disappointed in my library books. This was probably the first month I read a BOTM selection the same month I bought it. Progess!!

Reviewsbylola Awesome month! 3y
Cinfhen I like your charting of what you bought, I honestly have no clue 🙈 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Well done! 3y
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LauraJ
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Someone is refusing to let me share the awesomeness of my #wintersolsticebookexchange with you.

tricours Can the text size be modified, or did you make the speech bubble bigger? 3y
LauraJ @tricours Both 😁 3y
tricours I tried the other day but I could only change the font and color of the text! Where's the size option? 3y
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LauraJ @tricours pinch your screen with two fingers and you can adjust the size of text and stickers. 3y
Varshitha Aww cutie😻 3y
tricours Oh, thanks! 😊 3y
Anovelobsession ❤️️the book! I keep it near my reading chair and read an essay or two whenever I remember 3y
BookishMarginalia 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 3y
Lacythebookworm Kitty face! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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kalinichta
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Sore from snow shovelling, had a rough night's sleep, and was plagued by tough emotional things, so I've decided it's a mental health, reading-in-bed kind of a day. Nick Hornby and this insane little muffin are keeping me company. Hornby's friendly, conversational style is the balm I've been needing. #petsoflitsy #catsoflitsy

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kalinichta
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This #catblanket goes all the way up. (Seriously, I'm waiting for the fourth cat to perch on my head just to make it complete.) #petsoflitsy #catsoflitsy @LindsayReads

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
LindsayReads Looks snug!! 😂😂😂😻😻😻 3y
DebinHawaii Cute! 🐱🐱🐱🐱❤️ 3y
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Zelma
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I had more number titles than I thought. Ten Years in the Tub, Hyperbole and a Half, and 84 Charing Cross Road are favorites and frequent re-reads. #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge @RealLifeReading

Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Sixth Extinction and Hyperbole and a Half are very good books. 3y
Zelma @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I was thinking about starting The Sixth Extinction soon. Thanks for the push! 3y
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SusanInTiburon
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The passage that transformed my reading life when I first read it, ten years ago. 💛💛💛

Bree.Hill Such wise words to live by. Thank you for sharing 3y
Zelma Nick Hornby is my spirit animal. I re-read this book every year. 😍 3y
britt_brooke Excellent advice. 3y
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Yournewfriendsams Awesome quote. 3y
shawnmooney Hear, hear! 3y
UwannaPublishme 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
LisaJo I have been in a reading slump this week. It happens. Last night I decided to watch a movie rather than try to read. I watched Brooklyn. During the credits I realized that the movie was written by Nick Hornby. I felt like I kind of read a book because it was by Mr. Hornsby. 3y
SusanInTiburon @LisaJo that counts, I think! 👍🏽 3y
prowlix It was a huge revelation for me that I sometimes need to be in the right mood or mindset to enjoy some novels! So much wasted time 3y
BookThia ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Mquatlanta These words changed my reading life, too! SO glad you introduced me to Hormby's book reviews. I now rave about them to my other reader friends. 3y
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Woo-hoo! This is my first litsy-inspired book purchase. It's a collection of essays on what Nick Hornby's been reading and it spans a decade. I read the essay from September 2003 this afternoon... SO GOOD! It's like listening to a friend talk about their book finds, and what they've liked about what they've been reading, and about what they think about reading in general. Thank you Litsy people for an excellent recommendation :)

Hooked_on_books I'm so glad you got it. I love, love, loved it! 😄 3y
SusanInTiburon Reading Hornby's column inspired me not to finish every book I start. I cherish this collection. 3y
TheEscapist @SusanInTiburon Yeah, the essays are pretty wonderful. I'm not for yet, but I've already enjoyed Hornby's defence of my right to buy more books than I could possibly read :) 3y
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SusanInTiburon I forgot that! I'm going to go refresh my memory right now! 😄 3y
SusanInTiburon Okay, I opened it up for the first time in a while and I can't stop laughing. 😂😂😂 3y
Redheadrambles Ah I need to get to this one at some point. That is a great book stack in the background there. 3y
TheEscapist @Redheadrambles Thanks! It's a really good read. I'm using it as a spacer between novels. 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Imagine Nick Hornby waxing Litsyesque before Litsy, expounding on books he's read and those he's acquired, filling his house with stacks. That's this book. Like Litsy, guaranteed to increase your TBR. My lazy book pick because it is best read a bit at a time to make it last. I found it completely delightful.

Reviewsbylola Looooooove! I hope he comes out with a new one soon! 3y
LeahBergen I so need this!! 3y
GinaAnderson How did I not know about this? 3y
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kdwinchester Sold! 3y
subwayreads I looooved this book!! Have you read all the others? 3y
Hooked_on_books @subwayreads I've read some but not all of his books. I love his voice in this one. He is kin to us. 3y
LizzyM I really enjoyed this book, though it took me almost a year to read it! Perfect in small doses, and it is such a delight. I love his humor, I had several literal LOL moments while reading it. 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub I MUST get my hands on this. 3y
TheEscapist Thanks for the recommendation. I think I need to get this right away! 3y
Hooked_on_books @TheEscapist You're welcome! I only wish it was even longer! 3y
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shutupsmalls
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If you haven't wasted huge chunks of your life on art, booze, and soft drugs, then you've wasted huge chunks of your life, and we don't want you around here. Go away.

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"We are never allowed to forget some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they're badly read too." Exactly! My husband asked why I recommend he read a book I gave two stars: because it wasn't my thing right now but would be his.

Spiderfelt The introduction by Jess Walters is full of quotable lines. "Now go troll this big-ass book for some goodness." 3y
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Reading bits of this here and there....I have to say - between @Litsy @bookriot and others...my TBR mountain has grown...but I'm also spending more time reading so I can enjoy all the fabulous suggestions

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