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Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hai Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hailed by USA Today as authoritative but warm. Now, in tip-of-the-day form, Grammar Girl serves up 365 lessons on language that are sure to inspire. Filled with new, bite-size writing tips, fun quizzes and puzzles, and efficient memory tricks, The Grammar Devotional gives you a daily dose of knowledge to improve your writing and also serves as a lasting reference you'll use for years to come.


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Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hai Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hailed by USA Today as authoritative but warm. Now, in tip-of-the-day form, Grammar Girl serves up 365 lessons on language that are sure to inspire. Filled with new, bite-size writing tips, fun quizzes and puzzles, and efficient memory tricks, The Grammar Devotional gives you a daily dose of knowledge to improve your writing and also serves as a lasting reference you'll use for years to come.

30 review for The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I've been following Fogarty for a while on her podcast, and this isn't the only book of hers that I've read. She's tremendously approachable and does a fantastic job of breaking down what could be a very dry subject and turning it into something I wanted to read. My only complaint about the book, and this is why it didn't get a five-star rating, was the weekly word puzzles. I can find those in my daily newspaper. I wanted more grammar. All that said, this is a great daily refresher/instructor in I've been following Fogarty for a while on her podcast, and this isn't the only book of hers that I've read. She's tremendously approachable and does a fantastic job of breaking down what could be a very dry subject and turning it into something I wanted to read. My only complaint about the book, and this is why it didn't get a five-star rating, was the weekly word puzzles. I can find those in my daily newspaper. I wanted more grammar. All that said, this is a great daily refresher/instructor in common grammar issues, and I'm a better writer for having read it. I recommend this devotional to everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Frances Krumholtz

    The Grammar Girl channel on the Quick and Dirty Tips has always been a great resource to me when I've been stumped by a grammar query. Zack and I went through this book together daily as part of our nighttime routine. Some good refreshers, a few things that were totally new to both of us, and Zack's least favorite variety of tip: Language Rock Star, wherein Fogarty shares a brief history of a famed lexicologist. The Grammar Girl channel on the Quick and Dirty Tips has always been a great resource to me when I've been stumped by a grammar query. Zack and I went through this book together daily as part of our nighttime routine. Some good refreshers, a few things that were totally new to both of us, and Zack's least favorite variety of tip: Language Rock Star, wherein Fogarty shares a brief history of a famed lexicologist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beau

    I got this for Christmas last year, and it's been a welcome daily ritual for me. Although there were days I already knew the tips given, there were plenty of days Grammar Girl had something new to teach me or a new way of remembering something I theoretically already knew. And, as with her podcast, the book is written in a light, engaging fashion that never talks down to the reader. Highly recommended for all who write, either professionally or just in their daily lives. I got this for Christmas last year, and it's been a welcome daily ritual for me. Although there were days I already knew the tips given, there were plenty of days Grammar Girl had something new to teach me or a new way of remembering something I theoretically already knew. And, as with her podcast, the book is written in a light, engaging fashion that never talks down to the reader. Highly recommended for all who write, either professionally or just in their daily lives.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evette

    Very useful and eye opening. I like getting a daily dose of grammar.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah McConahy

    Grammar Girl makes the nuances of the English language accessible, fun, and occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious with puzzles, drawings, and Star Trek references. As a part-time editor, this book was a great refresher on things I knew and defined things I didn't know that I knew. Great resource for teachers, writers, and editors. Highly recommend! Grammar Girl makes the nuances of the English language accessible, fun, and occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious with puzzles, drawings, and Star Trek references. As a part-time editor, this book was a great refresher on things I knew and defined things I didn't know that I knew. Great resource for teachers, writers, and editors. Highly recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allison Pickett

    I know this book was written as daily tip/daily devotion/chapter a day sort of read, but I read it all in about a day and a half. I love to learn and wish I had the actual hard copy to scan through when I need grammar help and reminders. I forget everything and often need help with my writing. This book will help me for many years to come, I'm sure! I know this book was written as daily tip/daily devotion/chapter a day sort of read, but I read it all in about a day and a half. I love to learn and wish I had the actual hard copy to scan through when I need grammar help and reminders. I forget everything and often need help with my writing. This book will help me for many years to come, I'm sure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allysson Murphy-Floyd

    Definitely best to work through in chunks, I did a week at a time. Full of good reminders, clarifications, and some interesting fun facts.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Minkpro

    This book gave me knowledge about Grammar and I read it everyday when finished.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morris Yen

    Nice little book to have to know more about some grammar tips. It was an enjoyable read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eto

    Fogarty makes grammar about as fun and entertaining as it can be. Not exactly a page-turner (as my read dates can attest), but my copy has copius highlights. A must read for all Grammar Nazis.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    I am currently on a quest to read every grammar, usage, and copyediting book in the office, because reasons. I started simple, with a volume from the “Quick and Dirty Tips” line, The Grammar Devotional Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl, by Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl. This book is set up so you read one grammar or usage tip per day, thereby taking a year to read a book that’s less than 250 pages long. Not happening. I am in fact rather embarrassed that it took me about six I am currently on a quest to read every grammar, usage, and copyediting book in the office, because reasons. I started simple, with a volume from the “Quick and Dirty Tips” line, The Grammar Devotional Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl, by Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl. This book is set up so you read one grammar or usage tip per day, thereby taking a year to read a book that’s less than 250 pages long. Not happening. I am in fact rather embarrassed that it took me about six weeks to get through this, because I was keeping it on my desk and trying to read a couple of tips every day, and then had to work from home for half of February. In addition to the actual author photo of Fogarty in the back of the book, the front of the book features a cute cartoony avatar of the “Grammar Girl” persona, a bookish-looking brunette white girl with glasses. I assume this is meant to make the book look relatable to the 80 percent or so of the editorial field that is brunette white girls with glasses. Like, I’m assuming it’s supposed to be a cartoon of Fogarty, but it could be a cartoon of me, or Colleen, or Linsey, or Lisa, to name four of the five editors in our pod. Anyway. The book itself is really good, breaking down a miscellany of grammar and usage issues into small, clearly-explained bits, making it both a good grammar guide and an excellent illustration of what’s meant by the detestable term “snackable content.” The reader’s main companions in illustrating the various issue at hand are Aardvark, who I assume is an aardvark; Squiggly, who seems to be a snail; Grammar Girl herself; and the nefarious peeves, who look kind of like a cross between small turtles and fat stripey gummy bears. The examples also draw heavily from pop culture and more-or-less-current events. It’s not quite The Transitive Vampire, but the example sentences are still a lot more fun and memorable than most school grammar textbooks (not that that’s a very high bar). Not every day’s entry is a straight-up language lesson, though—about one day a week features a word game, like a word search or a jumble, and many of the Wednesdays are devoted to short profiles of “Language Rock Stars,” important or influential people in the history of English grammar study, development, and documentation. Some of these rock stars go way back (Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster) and others are linguists, writers, and editors who are currently active. (Some of them are also people whom I personally consider confused hacks, like William “I Once Reprimanded a Newspaper for Using Newspaper Style” Strunk, but I can’t pretend that they weren’t influential. Unfortunately.) Overall, this book is well-researched, useful, easy to understand, and a good balance of actual usable advice (most of it) and things that are just fun to know (just enough). And the index means it actually is usable as a reference book, even though the body of it is structured to be pleasing to read through rather than to find a specific topic. Huzzah indexes! (Sadly not “indices.”) Originally posted at http://bloodygranuaile.livejournal.co....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    A must-have for grammar lovers! The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) by Mignon Fogarty, the Grammar Girl herself, is a must-have for anyone who loves grammar, diction, and the simple, proper use of words. Organized like a religious devotional, the book provides readers with a grammar or writing rule, factoid, or puzzle (word scramble, crossword, etc.) for each day of the year. The tips are quick, humorous, and informative. Because the book is organized A must-have for grammar lovers! The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) by Mignon Fogarty, the Grammar Girl herself, is a must-have for anyone who loves grammar, diction, and the simple, proper use of words. Organized like a religious devotional, the book provides readers with a grammar or writing rule, factoid, or puzzle (word scramble, crossword, etc.) for each day of the year. The tips are quick, humorous, and informative. Because the book is organized in numbered weeks (e.g., Week 1, Sunday), you can start reading it anytime without having to wait for a particular month or the first of the year. This devotional is best suited for those who already love grammar and who crave a daily dose of Grammar Girl's wit and wisdom. I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for a style manual or a book on writing technique, because it's not organized in that way. If you're looking for that, I would recommend Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. This little book is so much fun that my spouse and I look forward to reading the tip to each other every day, and I plan to gift a copy to my English professor parents for Christmas!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    I think as a friendly daily reminder of grammar and its rules the Devotional works well. Some of its weak points include the brevity of the daily reminders itself. If you're needing more guidance and explanation, than it is probably best to start with one of Mignon Fogarty other books or any other grammar book for that matter. The idea behind this book is that you're already familiar with grammar rules and just need a refresher course. Sometimes to break the monotony, they'll be a cute puzzle or I think as a friendly daily reminder of grammar and its rules the Devotional works well. Some of its weak points include the brevity of the daily reminders itself. If you're needing more guidance and explanation, than it is probably best to start with one of Mignon Fogarty other books or any other grammar book for that matter. The idea behind this book is that you're already familiar with grammar rules and just need a refresher course. Sometimes to break the monotony, they'll be a cute puzzle or word scramble, but all in all it's a fun cute book to have at your disposal. The best part is if you're in need of a cute warm up, you can introduce the idea of devotionals to your class and present some of Fogarty's daily grammar devotionals in a fun relaxed way. I wouldn't do it everyday as it might be overkill to some students, but it's a nice change of pace for to my English classes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    While on the whole I prefer her Quick and Dirty Tips book (which works much better as a reference than this book), I find that the approach this book takes works well to teach you bits of grammar. The problem is that the bits come in no real order which could be frustrating. I find this book works best if you approach it in the way it was intended, one tip at a time, once per day. Trying to read this book straight through will likely make one annoyed since the tips have no real structure. For a m While on the whole I prefer her Quick and Dirty Tips book (which works much better as a reference than this book), I find that the approach this book takes works well to teach you bits of grammar. The problem is that the bits come in no real order which could be frustrating. I find this book works best if you approach it in the way it was intended, one tip at a time, once per day. Trying to read this book straight through will likely make one annoyed since the tips have no real structure. For a more traditional book structure (covering much the same material) see her other book. If you're willing to read it at least somewhat like she intended (i.e., only a few tips a day) you'll likely learn something you didn't know.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kaylan

    This is an excellent reference book for all my grammar needs. I read it as a book and not a devotional, so I'm suffering from grammar overload right now, but I think it will be a great thing to reference when I need it. I'm not a huge fan of the Kindle edition, and I just might pick up a physical copy one of these days. I was also a little disheartened to learn that I had been using so much incorrect grammar, but many of my mistakes stem from the fact that I am using British spellings instead of This is an excellent reference book for all my grammar needs. I read it as a book and not a devotional, so I'm suffering from grammar overload right now, but I think it will be a great thing to reference when I need it. I'm not a huge fan of the Kindle edition, and I just might pick up a physical copy one of these days. I was also a little disheartened to learn that I had been using so much incorrect grammar, but many of my mistakes stem from the fact that I am using British spellings instead of American spellings and I think that is because my French grammar rules are getting mixed up with my American grammar rules. So much to remember. Grammar Girl ended the book with a great tip to remember: In short, write first and revise later.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Have I mentioned how www.dailylit.com has changed/improved the way I read books? I like reading several books at once, but sometimes I have trouble carting one around for the train ride. While there is no replacement for the good feeling of a book in hand (ah, the smell, the paper, you know what I mean), dailylit.com offers free books online delivered daily in sequential excerpts. This means that I can read more books I want to read in a way that is convenient for me. I found The Grammar Devotio Have I mentioned how www.dailylit.com has changed/improved the way I read books? I like reading several books at once, but sometimes I have trouble carting one around for the train ride. While there is no replacement for the good feeling of a book in hand (ah, the smell, the paper, you know what I mean), dailylit.com offers free books online delivered daily in sequential excerpts. This means that I can read more books I want to read in a way that is convenient for me. I found The Grammar Devotional on dailylit.com, and I definitely appreciated spending a few minutes each day thinking about grammar and syntax.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    For those who love the written word, this tip-a-day "devotional" provides 365 quick and witty rules of grammar. Mignon Fogarty offers clever methods to remember rules of English so that even the most grammatically challenged can write better. I found it so enjoyable that I read the entire book in one sitting! Even though I work with words daily as a freelance editor and writer, I definitely learned new facts and clarified some that had become fuzzy. The rules are presented in random order, but t For those who love the written word, this tip-a-day "devotional" provides 365 quick and witty rules of grammar. Mignon Fogarty offers clever methods to remember rules of English so that even the most grammatically challenged can write better. I found it so enjoyable that I read the entire book in one sitting! Even though I work with words daily as a freelance editor and writer, I definitely learned new facts and clarified some that had become fuzzy. The rules are presented in random order, but the index allows it to be used as a reference.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Virtue

    The Grammar Devotional = / - Although sometimes helpful, this is my least favorite book I’ve read about grammar so far. The advice was often unclear, and even incomplete. I felt she was able to trick herself into writing the book like this under the name of a “Devotional.” This made it easier to be unclear and move on to something else. And if I had read the book like a devotional maybe I wouldn’t be as apt to notice this point. It did have some good advice and some interesting memory tricks, an The Grammar Devotional = / - Although sometimes helpful, this is my least favorite book I’ve read about grammar so far. The advice was often unclear, and even incomplete. I felt she was able to trick herself into writing the book like this under the name of a “Devotional.” This made it easier to be unclear and move on to something else. And if I had read the book like a devotional maybe I wouldn’t be as apt to notice this point. It did have some good advice and some interesting memory tricks, and even some fascinating language history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Another great grammar and usage guide. In addition to the tips and memory tricks, I loved how she mixed in word searches, scrambles, and write-ups on people who influenced modern language. Although there were some days where her tip didn't click. The idea was a little too complex for just a paragraph. On those days I would have liked a resource for further reading, or perhaps she could have broken it up in to two or three days and explored the idea in more depth. Another great grammar and usage guide. In addition to the tips and memory tricks, I loved how she mixed in word searches, scrambles, and write-ups on people who influenced modern language. Although there were some days where her tip didn't click. The idea was a little too complex for just a paragraph. On those days I would have liked a resource for further reading, or perhaps she could have broken it up in to two or three days and explored the idea in more depth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Well, I guess I'm really still reading this book, but I've been through big chunks of it already. The daily tips are great. I'm using it in the classroom to offer the students a tip a day before they leave. I enjoy it and think Grammar Girl makes it fun and easy to understand the rules. I hope the students are picking up some of it!! Well, I guess I'm really still reading this book, but I've been through big chunks of it already. The daily tips are great. I'm using it in the classroom to offer the students a tip a day before they leave. I enjoy it and think Grammar Girl makes it fun and easy to understand the rules. I hope the students are picking up some of it!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    ms bookjunkie

    I really love this book and plan to keep it at arm's reach because I need it! The worst part about graduating from high school was that I no longer had my trusty English teacher at hand to answer questions about grammar and spelling. Now, I just need to flip some pages to get an answer or confirmation. *happy sigh* I really love this book and plan to keep it at arm's reach because I need it! The worst part about graduating from high school was that I no longer had my trusty English teacher at hand to answer questions about grammar and spelling. Now, I just need to flip some pages to get an answer or confirmation. *happy sigh*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I own a handful of grammar and writing advice books. I feel like I absorbed more from this one due to its suggested use pattern: reading one tip per day. It avoids overloading the reader with too much at one time, so that little or none of the information sinks in. I would recommend this book to anybody with a couple of minutes each day that they'd like to use to improve their writing. I own a handful of grammar and writing advice books. I feel like I absorbed more from this one due to its suggested use pattern: reading one tip per day. It avoids overloading the reader with too much at one time, so that little or none of the information sinks in. I would recommend this book to anybody with a couple of minutes each day that they'd like to use to improve their writing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Min

    Okay, I admit it. I didn't do this once per day. Much like those comic-based desk calendars I can't seem to read just one at a time. I read through the entire thing, of course probably retaining less than if I'd just read it day to day. Regardless, this is a valuable little book. And anyone who writes/emails/texts should have it. Okay, I admit it. I didn't do this once per day. Much like those comic-based desk calendars I can't seem to read just one at a time. I read through the entire thing, of course probably retaining less than if I'd just read it day to day. Regardless, this is a valuable little book. And anyone who writes/emails/texts should have it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Benjamin Franklin rocks. He created a phonetic alphabet that dropped redundant letters: c,j,q,w,x,y and replaced them with six new letters representing sounds not covered by the current alphabet. I must find his alphabet and discover these new sounds.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I love Grammar Girl and I think her advice is great. 3 stars just because I would have preferred organization by subject rather than this "tip a day" style. Just for that reason it's a little too inconvenient to be a go-to book for me. I love Grammar Girl and I think her advice is great. 3 stars just because I would have preferred organization by subject rather than this "tip a day" style. Just for that reason it's a little too inconvenient to be a go-to book for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Worrell

    What a fun little book. Full of pertinent information, easy to digest, and peppered with word find and scrambles to break it up. Great resource to settle bets at the office. And it's not all basic stuff, but interesting history tidbits and lesser known grammar info, like synecdoche. What a fun little book. Full of pertinent information, easy to digest, and peppered with word find and scrambles to break it up. Great resource to settle bets at the office. And it's not all basic stuff, but interesting history tidbits and lesser known grammar info, like synecdoche.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda J

    This was an interesting concept; however, the information in this guide is very basic and over-simplified. Also the lessons didn't seem to build on one another in any meaningful way. This was an interesting concept; however, the information in this guide is very basic and over-simplified. Also the lessons didn't seem to build on one another in any meaningful way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suellen

    Excellent reference book and a fun way to learn grammar rules.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kassel

    Quick, easy tips for anyone who wants to learn more about grammar broken down into 365 bite-sized bits.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan Thornton

    This book is so helpful. Whether you need to look up something or just sit down and absorb the grammar goodness for hours at a time, this book is entertaining and informative.

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