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Review and giveaway: Grammar Girl books

July 24, 2011

I’m sure most people have heard of Grammar Girl and her great web site, but you may not know that she also has some books out – the 101 Series.  Word nerds and grammar geeks will delight in both of these books!

In Grammar Girl’s 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know, Mignon Fogarty has included words that she thinks should be used in college essays and job interviews to show that a person is well read.  There are words beginning with every letter of the alphabet and I agree that most were good choices, but will admit that I was somewhat puzzled as to why a few were included. I was proud to see that I knew all of the words, even though I graduated from high school thirty-six years ago.

Each word is defined in an easy to understand manner and sometimes the origin of the word is discussed.  After the definition, there is a quote using the word – many from TV shows and movies.  This isn’t the type of book to sit down and read in one sitting (although you could) – it’s one you’ll want to keep in your purse, your car or your bathroom, so you can read a few pages when you have a moment.


Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again is one writers will want to refer to from time to time.  101 sets of two or three words that are often used in place of each other are compared and defined.  This book often includes “Quick and Dirty Tips” to help you remember the correct spelling of the word you’re intending.  For example, she says you can

Think of the two e’s in peek as two eyes peeking.

I sometimes struggle with the difference between affect and effect, so I was glad to see those two included.  Fogarty says

Most of the time, affect is a verb and effect is a noun.

There is a quote for each word in this book, too – many from pop culture, making them easy to relate to.  Again, this is a book to pick up when you have a few moments rather than in one sitting.

Review copy provided by Macmillan.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


Thanks to Macmillan, I have a copy of each of these great books to give away.  I’m listing the giveaways separately, but readers are welcome to enter both.  To enter to win these two Grammar Girl books, simply fill out the appropriate entry form.  At the request of the publisher, this giveaway is open to US residents only.  I will use to determine the winners. Contests end at midnight EST Wednesday, August 3, 2011.   Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 4, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2011 5:48 am

    These both sound like books that would be helpful at any age — even my “middle” age 🙂

  2. July 24, 2011 7:39 am

    I can never use enough proper usage books. Wait. Did I write that correctly? 🙂

  3. July 24, 2011 9:28 am

    They both sound like very useful books for everyone, no matter what their age. I think Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again will be helpful for me – I used to confuse between effect and affect too.

  4. July 24, 2011 9:52 am

    Frank loves books like this, and whenever I see them, I try to snap them up. These sound great, and perfect for him. Thanks for the great giveaway, Kathy!

  5. July 24, 2011 10:56 am

    Excellent contest, I follow grammar girl and love her posts.

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  6. July 24, 2011 11:01 am

    I love books like this. I find that I often want to check out my grammar since I was never formally taught any.

  7. July 24, 2011 3:40 pm

    I feel like you’re speaking to ME with this post. Alas I cannot enter and will have to purchase my own book, In the mean time if you should see spelling and grammar errors please feel free to tell me. I often think in another language and don’t flip over quite as easily as I use to.

  8. July 24, 2011 3:41 pm

    I am an English teacher, and this book sounds like a must-have! Thanks so much for sharing its value 🙂

  9. July 24, 2011 3:44 pm

    Definitely something I need on my shelves as I write!

  10. July 24, 2011 3:53 pm

    I sometimes make such stupid mistakes cos my mind is thinking something and then my hand writes something else 😉

  11. July 24, 2011 4:07 pm

    Love their website and I will never forget the correct usage of affect and effect! Great reference books to have on the shelves.

  12. July 24, 2011 4:46 pm

    I use Google a lot when posting and unsure if I am using the word correctly. I put my whole sentence in the Google box and submit… if it is wrong, it corrects me 🙂

  13. July 24, 2011 6:13 pm

    I bet these are a lot of fun. I’m sure I’d find that I’m guilty of many misusages.

  14. July 24, 2011 8:53 pm

    FAB. I could SO use these.

  15. Veens permalink
    July 25, 2011 5:35 am

    I think I really need these 🙂

  16. bethfishreads permalink
    July 25, 2011 8:11 am

    Oh fun!!!! Everyone can use these books.

  17. stilettostorytime permalink
    July 25, 2011 8:47 am

    Would love to win the first book for my recent graduate little sister who is incidentally a huge grammar freak! (very proud big sister). She would love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. holdenj permalink
    July 25, 2011 9:19 am

    I am sure these would be great in any home!

  19. July 25, 2011 11:21 am

    Good books for me ! My English’d improve with them !

  20. July 25, 2011 2:18 pm

    I am such a stickler for proper grammar. Incorrect spellings or word usages really crawl up my skin. I know – I shouldn’t be that fussed. Like, one of my colleagues has been saying “cubical” instead of “cubicle”. The amount of self-control just to keep myself from correcting him!

  21. July 25, 2011 5:26 pm

    Some call me crazy, but I think grammar is fun. And I love Grammar Girl. Thanks for the chance to win these books — I would be tickled pink!

  22. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 25, 2011 9:51 pm

    Great giveaway! The first one would be for Gage’s new babysitter who’s studying for the ACT and the second one would be for me. I need it!

  23. July 26, 2011 3:18 am

    Sounds like really great books, something that could definitely help me 🙂 thanks for the reviews, ill go check out the site now

  24. July 27, 2011 11:44 am

    these would be perfect for my classroom!! thanks so much for the giveaway, kathy. 🙂

  25. July 28, 2011 9:07 am

    I enjoy reading grammar books and like the sound of these two. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. July 28, 2011 4:14 pm

    Grammar Girl is ‘da bomb! I teacher “non-honors” English and my students love the simplicity and down-to-earth manner Grammar Girl uses to make sense of words that have always given them trouble. Grammar Girl is our hero!

  27. July 28, 2011 4:32 pm

    Love, love, love the chance to win free AWESOME books 🙂

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