Note to Nancy Pearl

Dear Ms. Pearl,

I love you. I really do. I have read all the Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason books, including Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers and Book Crush: For Kids and Teens – Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest. And I just finishedNow Read This III: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction (Genreflecting Advisory Series). I love the way you write, especially the way you write about books.

Here’s what I don’t love. I don’t love that you misuse the word “myriad” in almost everyone of your books. “Myriad” is an adverb. As in, “There are myriad ways to use this word correctly.” It is not a noun. It doesn’t work to say, “There are a myriad of books on this subject.” That is like saying, “There are a nicely of books.” It’s. Not. A. Noun.

This is just a pet peeve of mine and I hope it won’t ruin our friendship. Thank you very much.


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