Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books

Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books

At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby?s incandescently funny "Stuff I?ve Been Reading? chronicled a singular reading life ? one that is measured not just in "books bought? and "bo At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned ...

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Title:Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books
Author:Nick Hornby
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1938073738
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books Reviews

  • Rachel
    Nov 13, 2014
    Welp, there's a reason Nick Hornby is the most read author on my shelves according to Goodreads. Sadly, I have pretty much given up on his fiction but I love love love the essays he writes called Stuff I've Been Reading for the magazine The Believer. I had already read some of the essa...
  • Teresa
    Dec 20, 2013
    "Ten Years in the Tub" by Nick Hornby is inspirational! Hornby's clever, funny, easy tone makes you want to read practically every book he mentions, and makes you feel like he has taken you into his confidence. Suddenly it seems reasonable to think that I could write a blog about books...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 30, 2013
    It's a testament to how much I love Nick Hornby that I was thrilled to get this book - even after I realized that the first 200 or so pages are reproduced from two previous collections which I already own. The essays, originally published in The Believer, begin with lists of "books bou...
  • Mycala
    Jun 23, 2017
    Every so often when I was at the library with my mom, she'd yank this off the shelf and hand it to me. I'd nod and smile... finally the third time I decided there must be a reason it kept talking to her. I do love Nick Hornby and I love reading, so how could I go wrong? Well, exactly. ...
  • Katie
    Jan 07, 2019
    Nick Hornby is responsible for one of my favorite books, and one of my favorite movies (both High Fidelity), and binge-reading his mostly-monthly columns on what he?s been reading lately was a hoot. Reading this right on the heels of Book Girl was not on purpose, but it also wasn?t...
  • Susan
    Dec 05, 2013
    Re-read 4/26/18 Re-read 5/22/16 Re-read 3/1/15 Fantastic. I prefer Hornby's columns over his fiction, but I will read anything he writes. And I just love his ideas on reading, art, and creativity. A few essays were repeats since I recently read More Baths, Less Talking. However, m...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    May 14, 2017
    Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books - Nick Hornby  It took me forever to read because I had to stop at least once per page to add something to The List, or to move something else higher, or to request something from the library. Hornby is a much bigger fan of literar...
  • Neil
    Jan 24, 2018
    Such a fantastic book! If you don't finish this with a list of titles to seek out, something is not right with you. Hornby is so good at writing about popular culture, whether it be soccer, or music, or here, books. There's a wonderful ongoing razzing of the policies at The Believer, t...
  • Nancy
    Mar 21, 2014
    What a marvelous book for people who love to read! I've been a Hornby fan since I read "High Fidelity," years ago. (Hint: the John Cusack movie is good, but the book is infinitely more delicious.) But I had no idea he'd been writing a column in "The Believer" magazine called "Stuff I'v...
  • Sarah
    Dec 08, 2013
    It is testament to how much I enjoy reading Nick Hornby's thoughts on his reading life that I read the entire book cover to cover even though I had read a vast majority of it in other forms. Hornby has one of the best voices in one of my favorite genres, books about books. ...
  • Leslie
    Jul 11, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Nick Hornby. Although our reading interests and tastes are not identical (I like history and old novels way, way more than he does, and I have no interest whatsoever in sport), they overlap a lot (domestic fiction, biography, film and music history), a...
  • Robin
    Aug 07, 2014
    I've been a Nick Hornby fan since High Fidelity, and when I discovered his books column in The Believer several years ago, I was all in. So when I saw that all of those columns -- ten years of 'em -- had been collected, I marched over to the library and reserved a copy. And, it's been ...
  • Margaret Heller
    May 11, 2015
    This is ten years of collected book reviews by Nick Hornby, and while I've read all the individual volumes I really appreciated getting to read them again in this giant compendium. His way of reading and talking about books really speaks to me, and as one of the blurbs on the cover say...
  • Gavin Breeden
    Jun 29, 2016
    I've been in a reading slump for over a year now. I've started a lot of books but only finished a handful in the last 18 months. There are probably a lot of reasons (both professional and personal) to account for this but, ultimately, I'd just didn't have that reading itch. What could ...
  • Suzan
    Mar 24, 2016
    I've always loved Hornby's columns in The Believer. This is a compilation, and includes his earlier collections, which I read when they first came out. It was lovely to revisit them, but I must confess I got this from the library rather than spend money on what is basically duplicates....
  • Jill Mackin
    May 28, 2018
    Nothing better than books about books! ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Sep 25, 2014
    In September 2003, Nick Hornby?s first Stuff I?ve Been Reading column was printed in The Believer magazine. It had two lists at the start: Books Bought and Books Read (which never synced up!), followed by reviews of the books read in Hornby?s inimitable, charming style. This omni...
  • Rebekah Franklin
    Jan 01, 2014
    Better as a reference of interesting things to read. I read it in about a week, which was more like eating too many cookies at once. It was a 10 year stroll in the reading mind of Nick Hornby. Moderation! Pace yorselves! Interesting to see how many of the books were made into movies. I...
  • Shannon
    Feb 28, 2016
    I found this book entirely engaging and delightful. It did take me almost 2 years to get through the whole thing. I thought it would be great to read one column each night before going to bed but I could never get myself on that schedule so instead I would read a few at one go and then...
  • Lauren
    Mar 21, 2014
    I have read this book--well, if you include its original form as the separate volumes The Polysyllabic Spree, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and More Baths, Less Talking--more times than even Nick Hornby would think is reasonable. But it's made up of columns, a...
  • Lisa
    Mar 09, 2018
    [3.5 stars] This book has been good bedtime company for me over the last few weeks. The book is a collection of 10 years of columns from an English magazine. Hornby is an enthusiastic, funny, honest, generous reader -these are not your standard stuffy reviews. I loved how much Hornby l...
  • Samantha
    Dec 16, 2013
    I don't enjoy Nick Hornby's fiction. I don't share much of his taste in books, and I don't even particularly agree with all his philosophies about reading, writing, etc. But there's just something addictive about his Believer column that's kept me reading over the past ten years, somet...
  • Patti's Book Nook
    Dec 22, 2013
    I had crazy amounts of fun with this book! Most of the time I knew very little about his subject matter- whether it be music, Arsenal football, or books. I'm either too daft (haha- I inserted something British) and haven't heard of them or they haven't been as successful/ published ac...
  • Rose
    Jun 01, 2015
    This was the first book I've read by Nick Hornby, but I was so delighted by his style, insights, and humor that I am already reading a second and will continue to look for his work. I have to confess that I did not quite finish this collection of essays because I had reached my renewal...
  • Amanda Bolderston
    Jun 25, 2014
    This is a collection of 10 years of Hornby's book reviews for the Believer - an indie US arts magazine. A great book for book lovers to dip into to discover new authors, genres and snigger at Nick Hornby's acidic prose (or as acidic as he is allowed to get at the Believer). Consequence...
  • Jack Wolfe
    Sep 26, 2016
    This book is a blast. It's about the most agreeable damn thing I've ever read, actually... But it's ambitious, too, in its own humble, funny way. Nick Hornby is a self-aware and self-deprecating guy, so you'd probably never hear him describe his Believer column as anything other than i...
  • Meghan Burke
    Dec 09, 2018
    I loved everything about this book, even as I confess to skipping a few (but just a few!!) chapters/months whose lists didn?t grab me for no other reason than that I?d been reading it too long. I?m not sure it?s the kind of book one would read singularly anyway. It was the perf...
  • Ned
    Aug 02, 2014
    Full disclosure, I did not "read", I skimmed for the books he'd read that I had interest in. This is the collected form of a series published online. I was biased in that I think the movies from Hornby's books are mediocre and I'm still trying to appreciate British humour (it always se...
  • Kristen Shupe
    Apr 07, 2017
    This book was a tough read for me. About halfway through, I decided I would either stop reading it altogether or just read about the books that interested me. It was tedious at times, and just didn't peak my interest. Many of the books on his list were over my head making me feel a bit...
  • Chris Waterford
    Jan 25, 2019
    What a delight this book was. I love Nick Hornby as an author anyway and coupled with entertaining and detailed book reviews which are a great guide to new authors and books, this collection of reviews is close to my reading heaven. It has inspired me to subscribe to "The Believer". ...