Year 4, Book 33

33. Eats, Shoots, & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss
Seriously this a book all about punctuation. If you’ve never heard of it, it was wildly popular for some reason right after it came out, which was when I was working at Barnes and Noble. I always meant to read it to find out what all the fuss was about because who knew a book about punctuation would be so popular. I for some reason never read it, but finally decided to pick it up while I was waiting for the books for my 2 book clubs to come into the public library. Since it’s a short book I figured I could finish it in a few days and be ready to start on my other books when they arrived.

I did enjoy the book, but because I’m a dork like that. It’s something that might appeal to me even if it hadn’t been such a bestseller. It is a witty little book with some humor and a writing style that doesn’t make punctuation a dry subject matter. However, I have to wonder how many of the copies of this book that were sold were actually read. First of all it turns out it’s written by a British author and isn’t even about American punctuation, but British punctuation, which is mostly the same but not completely. I didn’t know that before I read it. And secondly, I’m betting a lot of people picked up the book because it was being talked about so much and then sat down to read it only to discover that “oh man” this really is about punctuation, and then never finished it. If you’re into that kind of thing I’d recommend it. If you don’t care, and don’t find humor in punctuation mishaps then skip it. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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